Decision on reopening schools for classes 9 to 12 after consultations with parents on Nov 9: TN govt - education
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Decision on reopening schools for classes 9 to 12 after consultations with parents on Nov 9: TN govt – education

The decision on opening schools for classes 9-12 would be made after seeking parental input on November 9, the Tamil Nadu government said here on Wednesday.

The decision to hold consultations comes days after the chief minister, K Palaniswami, said the schools would start operating from Nov. 16 for the 9-12 standards.

However, there were concerns in certain neighborhoods about the reopening of schools in light of the pandemic, and the media and newspapers reflected those views, according to an official statement.

Therefore, school principals would hold consultation meetings on November 9 with parents and PTA officials on resuming classes for the 9-12 standards, according to the statement.

The meetings would begin at 10 am that day in the government, public and private schools of Tamil Nadu following the preventive measures of COVID-19.

“Parents of students in classes 9 to 12 can express their opinions in the meetings and those who cannot, can send letters expressing their points of view,” said the Principal Secretary of the Department of School Education, Dheeraj Kumar, in the release.

Based on the decisions made at such meetings, the government would announce a decision on reopening the schools, he said.

The move to reopen schools from November 16 for classes 9 to 12 was taken after consultations with experts and also considering various holidays in the academic year, the government said.

In addition, educators and parents had also requested the reopening of schools for students who would have to sit for public examinations.

In such circumstances, it was decided to reopen schools to higher standards, since classroom learning would facilitate understanding and avenues such as the ‘Kalvi’ TV channel initiative or virtual learning may not give full learning satisfaction, he clarified government.

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