Tamil Nadu Schools not to conduct shift based classes  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
The Government of Tamil Nadu has ruled out the shift-based classes or staggered class routines when schools reopen across the state and have informed that all the classes would start functioning simultaneously.
States Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan hinted that there would not be any phased reopening in schools across Tamil Nadu and would be opened simultaneously once the pandemic situation is under the control of the state.
“All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in a shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure,” he told reporters on September 19, 2020. Related Article| School Reopening FAQs: Are schools reopening on September 21 in India? Do I have to go? What are the SOPs
He added that “The schools are equipped with sufficient numbers of classrooms to ensure the social distancing norms.” When the lockdown was extended, the Tamil Nadu government had launched classes through its Television channel for Education and various private and aided schools had switched to the online mode of teaching students. The main motive of the Government was to let the learning continue.
The minister talked of the practical difficulties in conducting classes during the pandemic situation while addressing the reporters. He said that to reduce the burden of children, the government of the state had also cut down the school syllabus for the current academic year that is the year 2020-2021 by almost 40 per cent. The decision was taken as per the recommendation of the expert committee, the minister informed.
Sengottaiyan also informed about another committeet formed by the state government under the Commissioner of School Education, Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan. Its function is to evaluate and recommend a way forward for school education with the implementation of the New Education Policy.
All schools and colleges across the state of Tamil Nadu and the country have been closed since March 24, 2020. This year many board exams were also deferred due to pandemic. However now under Unlock 4.0 guidelines the colleges and schools have been announced to partially reopen depending on the analysis of the state.