The Tamil Nadu State Government has announced a Five-Day break from September 21, 2020, for the online classes in order to reduce the stress and help the students refresh. The announcement was made by the Tamil Nadu School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan stated that a brief vacation has been planned for the school students to help in reducing the stress.
He also added that under normal circumstances students are provided with quarterly and half-yearly holidays. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the schools had to switch the classes to online mode. With the consent of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, the online classes and telecast of video lessons on television channels will not be conducted from September 21 to 25, 2020.
Vacation period to help in refreshing students
While speaking to media reporters, the state education minister stated that the vacation for the students will help in refreshing and all the schools including private institutions will be monitored by block-level officers to check if the classes are being conducted during these five days.
The Commissioner of School Education Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan wrote to all the Chief Educational Officers (CEOs) in the state asking them not to compel the students to attend the online classes for the students. The teachers have also been asked to ensure that all the students who have been absent from online sessions are coached and brought on par with the other students when the schools reopen.
Partial Re-opening of classes
With respect to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) by the Centre for the partial re-opening of schools for the students from class 9 to 12, the education minister stated that consultation will be done after the COVID-19 situation improves in the state. The state government directed the schools in the state not to compel students to attend online classes.