Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin said on Saturday that it is our duty to greet young children in Classes 1-8 at the school gates with a smile as they return to school after nearly a year and a half away. He said in a statement issued here that the children are returning to school for the first time since November 1 and that they should be welcomed in a way that enthuses and energises them.
He also suggested that school teachers and others greet the children with sweets and flowers. During the first two weeks, Stalin also asked teachers to tell or ask students to tell stories, paint, play, or do any other activity that would improve their memory power in the classroom. He also asked MPs, MLAs, and members of local government to greet the students as they entered the school. Due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in Tamil Nadu, schools have been closed for the past one and a half years. Some time ago, schools for students in grades 9 through 12 were reopened.