Third wave of pandemic, vaccine shortage may affect school reopening


T G Babykutty

The experts in education and psychology are of the view that the online classes are creating many health and psychological disturbances among the children. This is prompting the government to think on starting the regular classes.

Thiruvananthapuram: Though the Kerala government is mulling reopening of schools phase by phase in the state, several challenges lurk behind the new proposal. In the first phase, the government is planning to start the classes from 9 to 12.

The classes will be arranged on alternative days or based on shifts. The teachers pointed out that all the facilities available in schools can be utilised for regular classes. Online classes will can be continued along with regular classes. The government is considering complete vaccination of teachers before the reopening of schools.

Though the students of primary classes have comparatively higher immunity, it has been evaluated that it is not ideal to start primary classes as it difficult to enforce Covid protocols among them.

Online classes of the students are progressing well in the state. But the education and psychology experts are of the view that online classes cause many health and psychological issues among the children and regular classes should be started. The neighbouring states have already declared reopening of schools shortly.

The teachers and parents requested the government to resume regular classes for students of 10th and 12th as the examinations and marks obtained in these classes determine the possibilities of higher studies.

Most of the students in class 12 have not gone to their schools yet. Minister of Education V Sivankutty has announced in the Assembly the model exams of class 11 will be conducted. But the exam pattern is yet to be announced.

Challenges

The government is likely to face certain hurdles to resume the regular classes. They are considering the possibility of a third wave of Covid in the state soon after the Onam days.

The college students were included in the priority list promising to vaccinate all of them, but most of them have not even received the first dose of vaccine.

The government had announced to launch a mass vaccination drive in the state and vaccinate all the teachers of LP and UP sections. But due to the shortage of vaccines, the government could not achieve the target.

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