Following recommendations from medical experts, the government is actively considering the possibility of reopening schools for Classes 9-12 with 50% students at a time, most likely from September 1. “Medical experts expressed the need to reopen schools as the students were reportedly experiencing mental stress since they were confined to their homes for months. This was also reportedly creating learning gaps in society. Further, many children have no access to online education. Hence after obtaining recommendations from all sections of people, the government will consider opening schools for Classes 9-12,” said Chief Minister MK Stalin, in a statement.