Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala's General Education Department has decided to strengthen online schooling as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.
General Education Minister V Sivankutty said in an online press conference Thursday that students in classes 1-7 will get their lessons through the Victers channel. Students in classes 8-12 will be taught on the G Suite platform.
Until January 25, at least 3,005 students, 2,917 teachers and 3,608 non-teaching staff have contracted COVID-19 in the high school section alone.
However, the government has decided to proceed with offline schooling for 10th and higher secondary students in areas where COVID-19 restrictions are not in place. "In the present situation, if attendance falls under 40% due to COVID, such schools should be shut," said minister Sivankutty.
Change in exam schedule
Meanwhile, the department has announced a change in schedule for higher secondary and vocational higher secondary examinations.
"Earlier it was announced that for SSLC, HSS and VHSC, practical examinations will be held first. But that plan has been changed. Now it is decided to conduct the written exams before the practicals. The revised timetables should be prepared," said the minister.
The conduct of model exams has been left to the discretion of the school management.
Improvement exams from Jan 29
The minister said that the higher secondary improvement examinations will begin on January 29. "All necessary arrangements for the improvement examinations are complete," said the minister.
Special rooms are to be arranged at schools for COVID-positive students who appear for the exams.