Schools in Kerala have reopened amid the pandemic to conduct unfinished board examinations in May 2021. Every school, whether aided or government, reopened in a restricted manner. Schools have been allowed to function for only limited hours, with all precautionary measures in place. The schools are operating in two shifts – morning and afternoon. Thermal scanners, masks, sanitisers were kept ready in the classroom as per the protocol.
The seating arrangement has been made so that students have ample distance between them to follow social distancing. The classrooms and the whole school premises are disinfected regularly. Individual schools have made detailed plans for the partial reopening. According to the facilities available in schools and the education department’s guidelines, the number of students who would attend the classes has also been set to a specified number.
With schools and pre-college universities reopening in Karnataka, there was a festive atmosphere in the campuses all over the state. It had been ten months since the educational institutions across the country went on an extended hiatus.
The students were invited and welcomed with flowers, traditional arts, and desserts. Various school authorities also organised drums and loudspeakers to welcome the students.
Mr S. Suresh Kumar, the primary and secondary education minister, mentioned that 41% of the total 9.27 lakh students of class 10 from 16850 schools had attended classes on the first day of reopening of schools. But the attendance of II PU students was low as 32% of 2.41 lakh students from 5492 colleges were only present.
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