New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday reversed its last month's decision to reopen schools across the state for students of class 9th to 12th from November 16 in wake of the recent uptick in the coronavirus cases in the state and said that the schools will continue to remain closed. 

"The order on reopening schools from November 16 for classes 9-12 is cancelled. An announcement on reopening schools will be made later based on the situation".

While colleges were also earlier scheduled to function from November 16, the government said colleges and varsities shall reopen from December 2 only for research scholars and final year postgraduate students of science and technology streams.

"The opening of colleges for all other courses will be announced later," the government said adding that the "hostels would be opened only for those students who shall resume studies from next month".

Ahead of reopening, government schools, government-aided schools, and private schools in Rameswaram have conducted parents and teachers meet on Monday. Disclosing the outcome of the consultations, the government said that the opinion of parents was divided.

Parents of some schools wanted the institutions to reopen, but others were against such a move in view of the coronavirus pandemic and the school education department analysed the opinions holistically, the government said.

The announcement of reopening the schools in Tamil Nadu also garnered sharp remarks from the opposition parties with DMK chief MK Stalin hitting out at the Palanaswami-led government terming the announcement 'hasty'. The leader of the opposition had said that a decision on reopening schools should be taken only in January 2021 after analysing the pandemic scenario.

As on November 11, a total of 7,50,409 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu out of which 7,20,339 recovered. While 18,655 was the number of active cases, the death toll stood at 11,415.

The Tamil Nadu government in October had decided to reopen schools for students of class 9 to 12 across the state from November 16, 2020, onwards after a gap of 7 months due to the coronavirus-mandated lockdown in the country. 

Posted By: Talib Khan