Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan said the students were planning a short vacation to relieve stress.
“Under normal circumstances, students receive quarterly and semi-annual vacations. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools have had to switch to online classes. With the consent of Prime Minister K Palaniswami, online courses and television programs have been broadcast on television channels from 21st to 21st September 25 not carried out, “he said.
Speaking to reporters in Gobichettipalayam, he said this student vacation would help them freshen up.
All schools, including private ones, would be monitored by block-level officials to check that classes are being held during those five days, the minister added.
Regarding the Center’s Standard Operating Instructions (SOP) for the partial reopening of schools for students in grades 9-12, Sengottaiyan said the consultation would come after the Covid-19 situation in Tamil Nadu improves.
On Saturday, the government ordered schools not to force students to take classes online.
School Education Commissioner Sigy Thomas Vaidhyan wrote to all of the state’s chief educational officers (CEOs) instructing them not to force students to take online courses.
Teachers were also asked to ensure that all students who did not attend online sessions were adequately trained and treated on an equal footing with other students when schools were reopened.