Tamil Nadu Schools Reopening Updates: As per the reports, the schools in the state has reopened from 1st September 2021 for classes 9 to 12. Regarding this, a petition has been filed stating to close all schools. The petitioner said many fresh cases of COVID-19 were being reported in students since schools reopened for classes 9 to 12. This matter has been taken up by Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court (HC). The Bench asked the Tamil Nadu government to file a counter-affidavit regarding this plea on Tamil Nadu school reopening. Taking some action on the issue, Madras HC has asked the state government to file a reply to a plea seeking the closure of schools due to similar reasons.
Tamil Nadu School Reopening On-Going Matter
Tamil Nadu School Reopening has been an ongoing matter in Madras HC. With constant rounds of hearings, the Madurai Bench has elaborated on several points of this reopening. Some reports from August suggest that this plea was filed by K. Abdul Vahabudeen of Tirunelveli district. In it, the person pointed that there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases and parents were worried about sending their wards to schools for offline classes.
Petition For Closure of Schools
The plea had elaborated on the matter that several students have tested positive for COVID ever since schools reopened for classes 9 to 12. The petitioner also filed this plea considering the possibility of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this were to happen, children/students would be among the highly vulnerable lot due to not being vaccinated as well. Hence, the petitioner wanted the online mode of teaching to continue as an alternative way in order to avoid the formation of clusters.
Attendance Not Mandatory
Following the hearing of this plea, the Madurai Bench of Madras HC informed that it will not be mandatory for students to attend offline classes. Under no circumstances, any student will be forced to come to school; they may continue taking online classes if they feel so. However, if students wished to attend physical classes, they must have the consent of their parents/guardians.