Chennai: Tamil Nadu School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan has said that there will not be any online classes for school students in the state from September 21 to 25. According to the minister, vacation has been planned for the students to reduce the stress they have been going through.
“To reduce stress among school students, online classes and the telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25,” he said on Wednesday.
Addressing media persons, Sengottaiyan said that usual quarterly and half-yearly examination holidays would be declared for students, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online classes were being conducted now.
“A vacation for students will help them to refresh,” he was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Regarding the matter, consent has also been obtained from the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to declare holidays. In view of the decision, all schools, including private ones, will be monitored by block-level officers to check whether classes are conducted during these five days.
The state government’s decision comes after the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a partial reopening of schools for students of classes IX to XII. The Education Minister said that only after the COVID-19 situation changes in the state, a consultation on reopening of schools would be taken up.
Regarding the NEP 2020, Sengottaiyan said that a 13-member expert committee has been formed to study the pros and cons of the policy and offer recommendations for the implementation.