Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government is understood to have decided to allow only one-third of students at a time in a classroom when the schools reopen on November 1.
As per the new guidelines prepared by the General Education Department, only 10 students will be allowed in a classroom from Class 1 to Class 7.
The class strength would be a maximum of 20 students for secondary and higher secondary courses. In the primary section, only one student will be allowed on a bench. But for other classes, two students can sit on a bench.
In schools where the students' strength is very high, appropriate changes can be made at the school level with regard to the number of students to be admitted in a classroom. All such decisions on class restructuring and timings will also be taken on the basis of the circumstances prevailing in each school and the availability of travel facilities for students.
In the beginning, classes will be held till the afternoon. Class intervals will be fixed in different time schedules to avoid crowding of students. Cleaning and sanitization will be undertaken in schools on a daily basis.
The guidelines, which were prepared jointly by the Health and the General Education Department, was released by Education Minister V Sivankutty today after holding discussions with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
According to the guidelines, social health awareness classes will be given to students and teachers. A health monitoring committee will be set at each school The service of doctors will be ensured at the schools. Teachers will be equipped with the skills to meet any kind of exigencies.
Model residential school hostels will be opened. Those who are having health issues and the differently-abled do not have to come to school. Separate academic modules will be prepared by the time the school reopens.
The preparation of the guidelines for school reopening had been an extensive affair with the government holding a series of meetings with experts in the field of health and education.
Schools to function on Saturdays
As per the present plan, schools will function on Saturdays too to make up for the losses to be suffered due to the restructuring of classes as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Since only one-third of students are going to be admitted to a classroom, more sessions are to be needed to cover portions. This is the reason why the government is planning to open schools on Saturdays.