Coimbatore: The school education department has directed the principals and administrative staff members of the government and aided schools to start preparatory works to commence the next academic year by visiting the schools from Monday.
An official source said, “As the state government has cancelled the Class XII public examination in the view of Covid-19 pandemic, several procedures like calculating and preparing the certificates that are required for higher education need to be carried out. As the next academic year is about to commence, school managements need to carry out the admission process, and distribute notebooks and other government welfare schemes to the students. School campuses and classrooms need to be cleaned as well.”
He said the principals and administrative staff members of all the government and aided schools were directed to visit the schools by adhering to the standard operation procedures from next week.
M Ramakrishnan, chief educational officer, said, “From next week, we will also start admitting students to the Class XI and the classes are likely to commence from the third week of June.”
A circular from the education department said the schools were allowed to increase the student strength in a class by 10% to 15%, if they receive more applications for a particular group. If the number of applications exceeds the additional 15% strength, it said, the students should be selected based on the Class IX marks.
T Arulanantham, state auditor, Tamil Nadu High and Higher Secondary School Graduate Teachers’ Association, said, “Earlier, the department had asked the school management to conduct an entrance examination, if the number of applications were to exceed the additional 15% strength and directed teachers to prepare a question paper with 30 queries. After objections from different quarters, the idea was scrapped.”

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