Tamil Nadu govt is firm on reopening schools on Sept 1, minister says | Chennai News – Times of India


TRICHY: The Tamil Nadu government is firm on its decision to reopen schools for classes IX to XII students on September 1, minister for school education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said on Saturday.
“Chief educational officers in districts have been instructed to keep all the safety measures in place with the support of the district collectors to facilitate reopening of schools,” Mahesh told reporters in Trichy on the sidelines of a programme to celebrate the National Librarian’s Day to mark the birth anniversary of renowned librarian S R Ranganathan, that falls on August 12.
The minister said the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state public health department with regard to the reopening of the schools had been reviewed by the school education department to check the need for adding some more aspects to it.
He said some government schools with the strength of just 150 students found an increase of admissions up to 350 students. “We will have to concentrate on the particular schools because many schools have teachers in surplus numbers. After organising the counselling for the transfer of the teachers, we will find out what are the requirements in the schools where the admissions have gone up,” he said. He was responding to a question on the need for improving the infrastructure and increasing the number of teachers in the wake of the influx of more students to government schools.

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