'Praveshanolsavam' held in various schools in Kerala I Video
Thiruvananthapuram: Schools in the state reopened on Wednesday after a two-month summer vacation. 35 lakh students in the state syllabus and around 11 lakh children in CBSE and ICSE syllabus started their academic year on Wednesday. Around 3 lakh students joined first standard.
All government and aided schools conducted admission festival `Praveshanolsavam'.
The children who arrived in schools for the first time were welcomed with songs and games. Though the distribution of books are better when compared to last time, it is not over. Printing of 25 per cent books is yet to be completed. This year, textbooks for IX and X standards have been changed. The change in IX standard textbooks was done following the change in the textbooks of VIII standard. However, anxieties exist in the change in X and IX textbooks.
The demand to increase the allocation for the afternoon meals scheme is still pending. Presently, the govenment provides Rs 5 to Rs 7 for every child. The school authories could provide better food only if the allocation is hiked. More than 700 schools in the state do no have hygienic toilets. The government will provide uniforms to girls and boys (BPL) in government and aided schools.
A section of teachers are worried as around 5000 teachers will be left out after the staff fixation.
These teachers will not get salary till they get another appointment. The management of aided schools have not agreed to the direction to apppoint the left-out teachers to atleast half of the resulting vacancies arising out of their removal.
A direction has been issued to increase the number of academic days to 200 or 1000 hours. However, only 150-160 academic days are got on an average. The staff fixation has not been conducted in the new higher secondary schools.
In around 700 such schools, the classes are conducted by guest teachers. The tendency to close down schools in the name of loss is increasing.
The managers are tyring to get a favourable verdict from the court when they do not get the government approval to close down schools. However, the government has taken the stand not to close down any school.
The expenses to send children to school has also increased especially in central syllabus schools. Around Rs 5000 will be needed for the expenses of a child as text books, notebooks, two sets of uniforms and other items are needed.
In unaided schools, an additional amount of Rs 15,000 will be needed for single term fee and special fee. Seeing this, several banks have offered short term loans for education purposes. The rains also will lash the state soon after the reopening of schools. The Meteorological Department has predicted that monsoons will start in the state on June 4.