After having witnessed the first of its kind nation-wide lockdown being imposed upon us, we underwent a new experience of learning to work from our houses as well as adjust to the "new normal"! This impacted our day-to-day lives in a number of ways, including the literal way we go about our daily lives. The way we study, work, shop, travel; everything has undergone a sea change! After nearly 8 months of being under lockdown, the restrictions are being relaxed little by little and normalcy is returning to everybody's daily lives. Students have not attended schools since March of this year and even after the current school academic year started, students have only been attending online classes. With the Central Government allowing schools and other places of education to reopen, the final decision was left with the respective state governments!

Many state governments decided upon reopening their schools and colleges, despite widespread criticism by the opposition and angst from the student community & their parents! Andhra Pradesh allowed schools and colleges to reopen on November 02nd and random COVID tests were conducted in various schools, on both teachers and students. This returned a positive result for a number of teachers and students, which again raised questions over the government's decision to reopen schools and risk the health & lives of children, when the COVID situation had not yet been sorted. The Tamil Nadu government had also announced that schools would reopen for students from classes 9 to 12, from November 16th! This decision was condemned by the opposition parties and many students had also expressed their displeasure on social media!

After the widespread criticism that the government was unnecessarily putting the lives of children at risk, the government has now decided to rethink its decision. The TN government has announced that it would have a state-wide consultation with parents, regarding the reopening of schools for students in Class 9 - 12! It was the school administrators who felt that a physical contact was required with the students, especially in the higher classes. The government has also asked the principals of government schools & aided schools as well as the principals and management of private schools to discuss with the parents and members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), about the feasibility of reopening schools. Managements of private schools have also been asked to submit the results of their discussions. A statement from the government mentioned that the decision to reopen schools was taken upon the request of the teachers that with the festival season coming up, it would be difficult for them to complete the curriculum of the ongoing academic year! Stay tuned for updates...