All the schools across the state of Tamil Nadu have reopened on 19th January i.e., on Tuesday. The State Government has finally decided to reopen the schools after 10 months following the Standard Operating Procedures [SOPs]. The classes have begun in schools from 19th January onwards for class 10 and class 12 students who will take up the board exams. As per the latest government orders, all the schools across the state have been undergoing disinfection and cleaning work.
One of the students from Madurai who attended respective schools after 10 months said, ‘I’m happy that schools have reopened after ten months. School administration took all precautionary measures.’ The Government of Tamil Nadu planned to reopen schools post conducting a discussion with parents and teachers. Edappadi Palaniswami, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu issued a statement a week ago stating that each class comprises a maximum strength of a minimum of 25 students to maintain social distancing. About 95 percent of the parents accepted to reopen the schools, stated the state government.
The School Education Department recently issued a circular. As per the circular, the school officials have been directed to offer sanitizers in each classroom, disinfect the commonly used areas, arrange adequate hand washing facilities and provide zinc and vitamin tablets to the candidates. The state health department has directed its authorities to mandatorily screen students and faculty for coronavirus within a week for the security and protection of students.
KA Sengottaiyan, the School Education Minister of the state said that the state will diminish 40 percent of the syllabus for the academic year 2020-21 due to the pandemic situations. Based on the prioritized content designed by the State Council of Educational Research and Training [SCERT], the exams will be organized this academic year. As per the reports, no chapters will be deleted but specific topics in each unit on key subjects will be present.
DPH said, ‘Primary health center (PHC) teams shall be mobilized as per the need, and they should be equipped to handle suspected symptomatic students. All the details of the Mobile Medical Units available at block level should be shared with schools, and they must be contacted in case of emergency.’ Besides this, the noon meal scheme will begin soon in various schools following the SOPs. Stay tuned to this website to get the latest educational updates.