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Students, teachers uncertain after TN announces to shut colleges due to pandemic

- January 6, 2022

Chennai, Jan 6 (BPNS)

Students and teachers of colleges across Tamil Nadu are worried after the Government of Tamil Nadu has announced the shutting down of all colleges except Medical colleges considering the rising Covid -19 cases including the Omicron variant.

Most of the colleges are yet to complete their first-year syllabus and most of the students are in a fix as they were slowly coming to terms with writing long essays and descriptive answers other than the online format which they were doing during the previous lockdowns.

In some colleges, practical exams were underway and many colleges were preparing students for tackling the examination by conducting model test papers on descriptive writing and the announcement has put a brake on all these.

M. Raghunathan, Professor with Government Arts College, Madurai while speaking to BPNS said, “The students were slowly coming to terms with the writing techniques and classes were slowly getting back to normalcy and suddenly the cases have shot up and the third wave is announced. Now colleges are shut down and students will be back to square one. However, health is of prime importance and the rest everything can be worked out.”

A student of Government Arts and Science College, Chennai, R. Bindu while speaking to BPNS said, “ I was slowly coming into terms with the writing part and descriptive writing and now colleges are closed and we will now have to appear directly to offline examinations commencing from January 21 and it will be tough to write these answers after an online study.”

Teachers are however confident that the offline examinations announced by the Universities will be conducted as usual and are expecting the situation to come back to normal to resume offline classes.

P. Prakash, a teacher with Government College, Erode while speaking to BPNS said, “ The students had taken practical classes and in some cases exams were also conducted. Now we will have to wait as to how the remaining practical exams are to be conducted for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology students. Waiting for the directions from the University and higher education department.”