The Tamil Nadu state government has postponed the school reopening in the state. As per media reports, the new dates will be announced by the state government after conducting an assessment of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the earlier schedule released, the schools in Tamil Nadu will not be reopening for the students from classes 9 to 12.
The decision to postpone the reopening of the schools in the state was taken after most of the parents in the state have expressed their opinion against the reopening of the schools in the state amidst the pandemic. The government has also taken consent from the parents and teachers for reopening the schools after they faced huge amounts of criticism from parent bodies.
A parent-teacher meeting of the government and government-aided schools along with private schools was conducted by the state government. More than 12000 schools also conducted meetings with the parents for their views on reopening the schools. Approximately 45 percent of the school students have given their feedback on whether the schools should reopen or remain closed.
According to the reports, many of the parents of the students of private schools were not in favor of reopening the schools in November and instead wanted the schools to reopen post-January 2021. Parents of students from government schools however are of the opinion that they wanted schools to reopen in November.
State School Education minister KA Senottaiyan stated that a final decision on reopening the schools on November 16, 2020, will be taken by the state chief minister and the announcement will be made soon.