About 40 students of Class VIII from Syed Murthuza government higher secondary school turned up for classes on Thursday following direction from the school to attend physical classes. They were however sent back within a few hours following intervention from the district chief education officer.

District chief education officer R Arivazhagan said that he was informed about the incident by noon on Thursday. “A section of students from Class VIII had come to school. However, they were asked to return home. The headmistress has been instructed avoid calling students to school as it would be against the direction of the state government,” he said.

However, M Mercy, headmistress, said the students who were willing to enrol for NCC for Class XI were asked to come for registration and they had no intention to take classes. She said there was repeated requests from parents to conduct classes for students. But we were refusing as there was no direction from the state government.

Some of the parents who had accompanied the students to Syed Murthuza school said they were asked by the school to bring their students to attend classes. While schools reopened for classes 9-12 from February 8, no decision has been taken for lower classes. Schools were asked to keep in touch with students over phone and asked to revise their subjects using
textbooks and audio-visual classes through Kalvi Tholaikatchi

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