Kerala likely to let students in Classes 10, 12 go to schools

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State Education Department is likely to allow students in Classes 10 and 12 to go to schools to ‘clear their doubts’ to face the upcoming public examinations. 

The proposal is being mulled as the Centre had announced its Unlock-4 guidelines and relaxed norms. Teachers would also reach schools to help students.

The proposal is to allow 50% of teachers and 25 percent of students to go to schools two days a week. Students will be allowed on the premises only if they produce a letter from their parents. 

The guidelines will be finalised at a meeting to be chaired by Education Minister C Raveendranath next week. The final approval will be given by the Cabinet. 

The department was of the opinion that it was prudent to wait longer to let students in schools as the number of COVID patients had risen in the recent past. As per guidelines, the schools could be opened from October 1. 

A meeting chaired by the minister had asked officials to prepare a list of schools that could be ‘safely’ opened. The schools in containment zones and those functioning as COVID first-line treatment centres will be excluded. 

The Centre’s guidelines said students from Classes 9 to 12 could be allowed in schools. It also said 50% of teachers could be allowed for online classes and tele-counselling. The officials said the Save a Year examinations were being held (till October 26) and a decision could be taken after that.

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