Tamil Nadu standalone and essential shops to open from May 11

WION Web Team
Chennai Updated: May 09, 2020, 05:28 PM(IST)

School students Photograph:( ANI )

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Tamil Nadu 10th board state exams will resume after lockdown. However, no decision on re-opening of schools has been made yet.

Tamil Nadu has been one of the worst-hit states by coronavirus. With a daily rise of almost 600 coronavirus cases, the state has not been able to come out of red zone. 

The state government has, however, has decided to open essential shops from 6am-7pm from May 11, and the standalone and neighbourhood shops will be permitted to operate from 10am-6pm (excluding Chennai where the time will be 10:30am-6pm). The tea shops will also be permitted for takeaway from 6am-7pm.

Also read: Tamil Nadu records 600 new cases; Madras High Court orders closure of all liquor shops

Since the lockdown began, the state examinations for class X were paused till further notice. While the students have been confused whether or not the examinations will take place, state Education Minister K Sengottaiyan on Saturday said the exams will take place once the lockdown is lifted.

The final decision is still pending. The decision will be taken in a high-level education committee and health officials. The Education Minister had visited Savakkatupalayam village near Gobichettipalayam, where he distributed welfare schemes to 450 handloom weavers.

He assured that all precautions of social distancing will be kept in mind while the exams are conducted, and the students will be seated in a line.

No decision has been made on re-opening of schools for a new academic year; the decision will be taken only after the lockdown is lifted and the state is recognized as green zone.

The Education Ministry is also appointing almost 2,000 mathematics teachers to provide online training to students. This will also be done for accountancy students.

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