At a time when all schools are closed for more than a year and will return next month, the Kerala Department of General Education is working hard to create a centralized module to address the tensions and concerns of both students and parents.
At a time when schools are set to reopen next month after being closed for more than a year, the Kerala Department of General Education is busy preparing a centralized module to reduce stress and anxiety among children as well as parents. General Education Minister V Shivanakutty told the state assembly that once the module was ready, awareness classes for parents and children would be conducted based on it.
Students will be given similar awareness classes in the early days of the school reopening, he said, adding that counseling sessions for needy children had already been given with the help of the social justice department.
Elaborating on the government’s preparations before reopening the school, the minister said steps were being taken to clean and disinfect all places where children used to congregate and bio-bubble systems would be strictly enforced to ensure their safety.
Arrangements will be made so that only two children sit on a bench, he added, adding that all normal days, including Saturdays outside the holidays, will be working days.
School authorities have been instructed to create mid-day meals for children and ensure their doctor’s services as well as distribution in accordance with the COVID protocol.
In addition to soaps and sanitizers, each school will also provide thermal scanners, teachers and non-teaching staff to check the body temperature of children, Shivankutty added.
In the wake of the spread of Kovid, the state government has been providing online education to children in government and aided schools for the last two academic years, including the ongoing one.