Offline classes in schools optional: TN govt tells Madras HC

Through a notification on January 3, the government disallowed functioning of play schools and nursery schools.

Published: 13th January 2022 06:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2022 06:56 AM   |  A+A-

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Covid-19 has made schools shift to online classes. (Express Illustration)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government informed the Madras High Court that physical classes for standards X, XI and XII are not compulsory but only optional, and are being held by strictly following the standard operating procedures.

Advocate General (AG) R Shanmugasundaram, representing the State during a hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, which was later dismissed, submitted before the first bench of Acting Chief Justice Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice PD Audikesavalu on Wednesday that the classes are held just to facilitate the students in getting their vaccines as they are going to take public examinations.

Through a notification on January 3, the government disallowed functioning of play schools and nursery schools. Later, direct classes for standards I to VIII were cancelled. Subsequently, offline classes were done away with from standards I to IX, he said.

The AG added that classes are not compulsory but only optional for the students. Classes in schools for X, XI and XII and colleges and polytechnic colleges are being held with strict adherence to standard operating procedures, he pointed out. 

While dismissing the PIL as withdrawn, the ACJ said the court can’t command and take over the administration and it is the government which manages the matters.

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