Kerala schools welcome 42,90,000 students as new academic year begins

School reopening
Students reach school for new academic year in Thiruvalla. Photo: Nikhilraj P/Manorama

June is one of the most-awaited months this year, as the schools are all set to welcome students into the campuses after two years of break following the outbreak of COVID-19. A new academic year is set to commence in Kerala on Wednesday, June 1.

As per government estimates, there are 42,90,000 students 1,80,507 teachers and 24,798 non-teaching staff in the over 13,000 schools across the state. Education minister V Sivankutty said about 4 lakh students have been admitted to the first standard.

At the same time 353 teachers who secured PSC appointment would join duty today.

The Council of CBSE Schools Kerala informed that all CBSE schools in the state will also open today.

 The students and teachers are thrilled to return to the campuses to enjoy the days of academics and fun.

The school authorities have finished cleaning the buildings and the premises to welcome the students into a clean and safe environment.

Deputy Director of Education N Sujaya said that strict guidelines have been issued about building safety this year.

Textbook distribution

Meanwhile, the text book distribution across districts is being completed.

It was the Kudumbasree Mission that oversaw the textbook distribution this year in Kottayam. Now, the third phase of distribution is progressing.

The text books had reached the hub in Puthupally in the second week of April. These books were then divided to be sent to various distribution centres by the first week of May. Around 11,94,236 books will be distributed at various government, aided and unaided schools in the district. More than 85,000 text books were sent to the unaided sector.

Special welcome for juniors

The school authorities will be welcoming the little kids who are just starting school with new school bags, candies and other exciting gifts. The class room walls don some of their favourite cartoon characters, wild animals and alphabets. Meanwhile, the teachers are busy decking up the class rooms with balloons and colourful confetti. As per the government instruction, arrangements are being made at the schools to give mid-day meals for the kids from the first day onwards.

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