Thiruvananthapuram: Teaching for Classes 1 to 9 in Kerala has returned to the online mode due to the abrupt rise in COVID-19 cases. However, the students and their teachers are clueless as there aren’t any proper guidelines regarding the online sessions and how to conduct them.
The educational department hasn’t given any specific time table or information on the structure of the sessions. Even though students need not come to the schools, the teachers should report every day.
As was found earlier too students who do not own phones cannot attend online sessions. Students of smaller classes depend on their parents’ phones to attend the online classes. But, most of them cannot access these phones as their parents would be working during the day. In this situation, majority of students can attend the online classes only if they are taken after 6 pm.
Even though online classes would be held for classes 1 to 9, it is not applicable for the special schools where therapies are conducted.
Work-from-home for pregnant school employees
The public education department instructed that pregnant woman who work in schools can opt for work-from- home.
Mothers of kids who are below two years, cancer patients and those who suffer from severe illness too could choose ‘work from home’ if they produce a certificate from government allopathic doctors.
Teachers who teach in classes 1 to 9 need to come to the schools on 23 and 29 January, the department announced.