Tamil Nadu government is all set to commence online classes in TN government schools besides telecasting educational content in five private TV channels as confirmed by State Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan. In the meantime, the department has embarked on preparing learning resources for the classes. Additionally, students will be provided with textbooks to facilitate smooth penetration of e-classes for students. However, the government is yet to issue guidelines regarding the e-classes now conducted only in the state private schools and colleges.
“Five private channels—one for each subject—will be ready to telecast,” explained Sangottaiyan. Students will not be required to pay any extra charges for accessing these channels. The schedule for these classes will be confirmed during inauguration of online classes in TN by Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
The decision was conveyed to the division bench where the justices were hearing a plea seeking immediate ban educational institutions from holding online sessions sans adequate guidelines as written in the Information Technology Act.
The state is also collecting information about students who had not cleared their quarterly and half-yearly examinations. Additionally, the department is willing to allow examination centres for 34,842 students who could not finish their exams on March 24 owing to the nationwide school shutdown.