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Tamil Nadu: No decision on reopening of schools yet, says education minister

October 7, 2020

No decision has been taken yet on reopening of schools in Tamil Nadu. 

School education minister KA Sengottaiyan told reporters on October 6, 2020, “This is not the time to reopen schools. Students’ lives are more important”. He was interacting with the media on the sidelines of a meeting with district chief educational officers (CEOs) in the state capital.

He further said that a decision on the date of reopening will be made shortly.

Sengottaiyan had recently discussed the issue of school reopening with the Chief Minister. The schools have been shut since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown.

The minister further said that Tamil Nadu would continue to oppose the three-language formula. He urged the CEOs to instruct schools to regularly check students’ eye-sight due to increased exposure to gadgets.

Earlier, the Karnataka primary and secondary education minister, S Suresh Kumar also said the Karnataka government has no intention of re-opening schools in a haste and a decision will be taken in the best interest of children. During a virtual meeting with district representatives of primary schools, high school teacher associations and undergraduate lecturer associations on Thursday, October 1, 2020 he said: “Our children are very important to the government. I am a parent to all schoolchildren in the state and not just the education minister. We will consult all stakeholders in the education sector, including experts, parent organisations, private school organisations and lawmakers among others. A decision will be taken after that.”

Source: The New Indian Express

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