43 lakh students to head to school this year; shortage of public vehicles may pose trouble


The travel expenses of the students will rise if the public transport fares are not lowered. KSRTC which conducted 5,500 bus services before the Covid pandemic brought it down to just 3,500 services.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The shortage of public vehicles will pose a tough time for students heading to school in the new academic year. The travel expenses of the students will rise if the public transport fares are not lowered. KSRTC which conducted 5,500 bus services before the Covid pandemic brought it down to just 3,500 services. More than 15,000 private buses went down to about 7,000. Evidently, there won’t be enough vehicles to facilitate the commutation of the students.

Although there are 35,612 certified school vehicles, most of them haven’t been serviced properly after the dormant state induced during the lockdown. Around Rs 1.25 lakh is needed for servicing a bus. Private schools haven’t serviced many of their vehicles. The fares of minivans, cars and autorickshaws were raised due to the fuel price hike. A student may be facing extra expense of about Rs 200 to 300 compared to the previous year.

43 lakh students to head to school this year

Thiruvananthapuram: The schools in the state are set to reopen on Wednesday. CM Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the state-level welcoming ceremony on June 1 at 9.30 am at Government Higher Secondary School in Kazhakkoottam. Minister V Sivankutty informed through a press release that the welcoming ceremony will be organised in all schools. The maintenance work of schools will be completed by May 27. The printing and distribution of textbooks are progressing. Uniform distribution will also be completed before the commencement of classes. A special vaccination drive has also been organised for students on May 26, 27 and 28.

The Education Minister also informed that the Malayalam alphabet will be printed on the second part of the Malayalam textbooks for classes 1 and 2. The printing of the alphabet on the first part of the textbook has been completed.


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