Schools in flood-hit TN to open today

Schools in flood-hit TN to open today

After a month-long spell of holidays necessitated by rain and floods, schools in the affected parts of Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai and neighbouring Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur and Cuddalore districts, will open on Monday.

The heavy rainfall in the state and the consequent floods had forced authorities to shut schools and colleges on November 12.

Meanwhile, several students in the state were facing problems with Madras University repeatedly postponing semester examinations since last week.

The government advised the schools and colleges to work on Saturdays to make up for the lost time.

“Though the rain stopped a few days back, we asked all schools authorities to take all measures, including cleaning their respective campuses to ensure the safety of students,” a senior official of the education department told Deccan Herald on Sunday. The month-long off is the longest the state has seen.

The previous highest was in 2004-05 when the deadly tsunami followed by floods resulted in four-day shutdown. The institutions were shut for three days in 2008 and two days in 2010 due to heavy rain.

Apart from weather-related reasons, the Tamil Nadu government had in 2005 announced holidays for schools and colleges for three days over heavy protest in connection with the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.

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