Kerala School Reopening: 6 days working, mid-day meals to be provided
The Education Minister of the state V Sivankutty said in the assembly that the government has decided to keep the schools function six-day a week. Saturdays will be working days for schools.
Kerala School Reopening: The government of Kerala has announced its decision to reopen schools from November 1. According to the decision taken, the schools would reopen starting November following strict adherence to COVID 19 protocols. Releasing more details, the Education Minister of the state V Sivankutty said in the assembly that the government has decided to keep the schools function six-day a week. Saturdays will be working days for schools in order to curb the academic losses that students faced amid lockdown and online learning. The minister also said that a mid-day meal will be provided for the children. The minister said that the guidelines for reopening have been prepared and it has been handed over to the chief minister who will announce it soon. He further told that schools will continue the mid-day meal system following the Covid-19 protocols and with the help of PTA members, locals and other statutory bodies.
Talking about the stress that parents are going through considering the reopening of schools amid pandemic, the minister said, "As part of the initiative, teachers will be given training initially based on the module and such trained teachers, in turn, will impart awareness lessons to parents to relieve their tension and anxiety.” Similar awareness will be given to the students as well.
Schools will be directed to ensure only two students share a bench in lower primary classes. Also, schools with high enrolment will be asked to run in shifts and conduct half-day classes. A fitness certificate will be provided to the schools since it was closed for a long period. The students of the schools that do not have fitness certificates will be shifted to nearby schools. To finish the repair work of the school buses help from PTA and locals will be sought.