Schools and colleges in Chennai, adjoining areas switch over to online classes – Times of India

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CENNAI: Schools and colleges in Chennai and surrounding areas that have functioned normally since October have now started switching to online classes again after the state government announced a vacation after heavy rain.

The government has announced a vacation in Chennai and surrounding areas, and principals and teachers do not want children to face school breaks again due to holiday breaks and now due to rains.

Sudhakumari, director of a private school in Anna Nagar (West) in Chennai, told IANS: “The government has announced a school vacation due to the rains, and we do not want students to constantly lose lessons. There were no lessons during Diwali. festival, and now the government has announced holidays because of the rains, and this will cause students to lose their academic continuity. So we chose online classes again. ”

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However, not all teachers are thrilled with the online learning mode, as power outages occur in many parts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchepuram and Thiruvallur.

Elisabeth Nina, director of the OMR Private School in Chennai, told IANS, “We wanted to do online lessons for students, but a few students are in locations where there has been no electricity in the past two days and some low-lying areas have water. entered the houses. Therefore, I prefer to give them leave and take additional lessons when the situation returns to normal. ”

MCC High School in Chetpet, Chennai has started online classes, but they have not made classes compulsory for students given heavy rain, power outages, and waterlogging in many parts of the city and surrounding areas.

JJ Manohar, headmaster, told IANS, “Children and teachers who are facing waterlogging and power outages do not need to attend classes as they do not have to.”

Most schools have opened online classes for students in grades VI – XII. School officials and teachers said the transition to the online platform was not difficult as they had experience with online classes during the pandemic.

Colleges are also allowed to attend classes and students can choose to join classes or not due to power outages and rain-related issues. Most colleges prescribe teachers to teach classes if online attendance is 80% or more. If there are fewer participants, the teacher can cancel the lesson.

Teachers expect to cover more theoretical sections in online classes and focus on hands-on activities once physical activity resumes.

Even on Wednesday, most urban areas were flooded, including Kolatur, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.



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