Putting a lid on the burning debate on collecting school fees against providing online classes, K A Sengottaiyan announced, “We have issued a circular against schools collecting fees in the name of conducting online classes. Chief educational officers are taking action based on complaints about fee collection.” To scrutinize the situation, the minister has also launched an app dedicated to the purpose of observing schools. The “Vagupparai Nokkin” app will help officials in carrying out
inspections. Additionally, the minister has also warned against stringent action against schools charging for fees from parents.
On the question of re-opening schools, Sengottaiyan had commented that a decision is yet to be taken on the scenario.
“We will wait for the COVID-19 crisis to subside and observe the measures taken by other states. A high-level committee meeting headed by chief minister will decide about reopening. There is no urgency.”
A group will also be assigned for truncating the syllabus to fit into the schedule of fewer working days.
“Schools must reopen only for classes X, XI and XII initially, as the students will face board exams next year,” commented K R Nandakumar, General Secretary of Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation, Higher Secondary and CBSE Schools Association.