Schools reopen in state after 2-year hiatus; regular classes begin

Thiruvananthapuram: In a relief for students, schools in the state reopened on Monday after a two-year hiatus. The schools will function until evening with full attendance in place. The schools have welcomed students by hosting various celebrations adhering to strict covid protocols.

The education department has said that 47 lakh children will be enrolled in schools from today onwards. Classes will be held in the open areas, and the social distance will be considered for seating arrangements.

Uniforms and attendance are not mandatory. It is suggested that CBSE schools should also be kept open. Online learning will continue for children who have difficulty accessing schools. Classes for students in grades one through nine will continue until March. The annual examination will be held in April. Classes 10,12 will be completed by the end of this month. Later, the model test will be conducted after giving time for revision.

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Guidelines issued by government in relation to reopening of schools

  • Schools have to arrange regular timetables of all classes from morning to evening from February 21 onwards.
  • Teachers have to complete portions by February 28 and start revision from the next day.
  • Schools have to conduct classes on all Saturdays except public holidays in February and March.
  • The school level SRG has to conduct meetings on Saturdays to evaluate the completion of chapters and devise measures to improve the academic performance of students.
  • In view of the SSLC examinations, teachers have to maintain a list of the chapters completed and produce it to the district education officers through the headmaster. The compiled reports of the schools have to be submitted by the sub directors of education to the public education director on Monday.
  • Similar reports on completed portions have to be submitted by the teachers of Plus Two to the regional deputy director via principals on Saturday. The combined report will be then presented to the public education director on Monday.
  • The schools have to plan teaching programmes for the students of SSLC, Plus Two and Vocational higher secondary after analysing the results of model examinations. Separate action plans should be prepared to help the students who are weak in academics.
  • Develop activities to improve the confidence and lessening stresses of children.
  • Special care shall be given for differently abled students.
  • Supporting activities must continue through online classes also. SCERT and DIET will extend aids for such measures.
  • Pre primary classes will begin by February 14. Creches and Kindergartens will also open.
  • 50 per cent students should be admitted in pre primary classes daily which function from Monday to Friday.
  • Educational officers in each district will visit the schools and submit their findings to the public education director after analysing the reports in DDE/RDD/AD level.
  • SSLC, Higher secondary, Vocational higher secondary examinations will begin on March 16, 2022. The time table will be released soon.
  • The dates for annual examinations for classes 1 to 9 will be declared later.

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