Tamil Nadu: Amid COVID cases surge, schools for classes 9, 10,11 to remain shut until further orders
Schools in Tamil Nadu shall be closed for classes 9, 10, and 11 from March 22 until further orders.
Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has announced that schools will be closed for Classes 9, 10 and 11 from March 22 until further orders. Hostels will also be shut, according to an order issued by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department.
The classes for Class 12 students, however, would continue to be conducted at the institutions.
Amid rising cases of Covid-19 in the state, pursuant to the order, all offline classes for students of Classes 9 to 11 would be suspended from March 22 till further orders.
According to the notification, conduct of board exam for class 10 for Boards other than Tamil Nadu State Board as scheduled by those boards and special classes to students who are appearing for the board exam for Class 10 and functioning of hostels for those students shall be allowed.
Following the closure of schools under lockdown, Tamil Nadu had permitted reopening of schools for students of classes 10 and 12 from January 31 and classes for 9 and 11 were allowed from February 8, 2021. The hostels were also allowed to reopen.
In a statement, Chief Secretary Rajeev Ranjan said the Director of the Directorate of Public Health had pointed to the emergence of clusters at schools in Thanjavur and a few other districts. Though their number was small, public health experts opined that the clusters could spread to localities where the students resided and contribute to an increase in the cases not only in these areas but also in the districts.
Tamil Nadu reported 1,243 fresh Covid-19 cases, 634 discharges, and 8 deaths on Saturday. The total cases in the state reached 8,65,693, including 8,45,812 recoveries and 12,590 deaths.