As TN students are back to schools, here's all you need to know about MK Stalin's major educational scheme!

(This article is authored by Alar, a freelance content writer) 

After a month-long summer vacation, the students of classes 1 to 10 in Tamil Nadu are back in the school as the educational institutions have reopened on Monday - June 13. Besides wishing them a great academic year, Chief Minister MK Stalin has launched a major educational scheme to nurture the skills of the primary classes.  

On Monday, the Chief Minister had greeted the children and pressed about the responsibility of the teachers. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, "Today, the schools are reopening. I am welcoming the children to the schools. Due to the Covid pandemic, physical schooling has got deterred. However, you have learned virtually. My greetings to the teachers as well. The students are coming to the schools after a long break. I request you (the teachers) to kindly welcome them (students) and teach them." 

"You (teachers) have the full responsibility to provide the education that was deterred. Let the light of knowledge shine in the schools. Let the state get benefitted", MK Stalin added. On Monday, he took part in an event that was organized in Azhinjivakkam Panchayat Union Middle School in the Tiruvallur district where he launched a major educational scheme 'Ennum Ezhuthum' Program in the presence of Tamil Nadu School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi. 

The scheme aims at bridging the learning gap among students of classes 1 to 3 across the state. It has been launched with the goal of enabling students to acquire basic literacy and numeracy by 2025. This scheme will be implemented in all the government and government-aided schools for classes 1,2, and 3 from 2022-23. Under this scheme, the students should have the ability to read and understand the subject by the age of 8 and be able to perform basic mathematical functions. 

Apart from this measure, the state government has announced several programs and schemes for the academic year 2022-23 with the motive to improve the quality of education in Tamil Nadu. Some of them include a free breakfast scheme for primary school children and a nutrition scheme for malnourished children. Both these schemes will be introduced in a phased manner and the students will also be trained in cyber security and ethical hacking and the school education department will be conducting a state-level hackathon tournament annually. 

The students and schools have been asked to adhere to the Covid protocols and guidelines. On the other hand, the state government has recently announced that all students from LKG to Class 9 will be promoted, except the students who have prolonged absenteeism. The schools for classes 11 and 12 will reopen on June 27 and June 20 respectively.