After being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district opened for students of classes 8-10. Education department sources said a large number of students participated in the physical classes on the first day. More than 60 percent attendance was recorded in some schools. Classes VI and VII will start from September 20. According to the instructions of the district administration, the schools have to make proper arrangements for cleanliness and basic facilities.
Schools have also been asked to make accommodation arrangements for students coming from neighboring Kerala. The administration has also asked the staff and teachers to appear in the schools having RT-PCR test negative report.
Colleges going to open here from October 4
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Kerala, colleges in the state will reopen on October 4 after more than a year following health protocols. Sajukumar, Joint Secretary, Higher Education Department, said in an order that classes for the final semester of degree and postgraduate courses will be started strictly following the COVID-19 health protocols. All the institutions under the Higher Education Department will start functioning from October 4. Classes for final year PG courses will be conducted with full attendance, while for final year degree courses it will be 50 percent. The timings may be decided by the college councils as per the space available in the institutions.
For science subjects, importance should be given to practical classes. It has been said in the order that classes for other semesters will continue online. “The classrooms, libraries and laboratories should be thoroughly sanitized before the commencement of classes and institutions may seek assistance from the concerned local self-government bodies, health workers or NGOs,” the order said.
The state government asked the concerned institutional heads to ensure that the students follow strict COVID-19 health protocols. The order said, “Institutions should ensure availability of adequate number of masks, sanitizers and hand washing facilities. Gathering should be avoided.”