Schools to be reopened after Covid infection reduces: TN Minister

Chennai: State Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan today said that steps will be taken to reopen the schools after the coronavirus infection reduces.

He further said that the books will be issued to students from classes one to nine after getting the views of the parents. The Madras High Court recently permitted all self-financing educational institutions in the State to collect 40 per cent of the fee for now, and ordered that it should be remitted on or before 31 August.

Justice N Anand Venkatesh clarified that 40 per cent of the fee fixed for the academic year 2019-20 could be collected as advance fee for the academic year 2020-21, since it was reported to him that the Private Schools Fee Determination Committee, headed by a retired High Court judge, was yet to fix the fee for the years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.

As far as the rest of the 60 per cent of fee for the academic year 2020-21 was concerned, the judge said that 35 per cent could be collected within two months after the institutions reopen and commence physical classes.

He further ordered that fee determination committees for schools and colleges should fix the fee for the next three years, within eight months from August.

 

NT Bureau