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Encourage students’ talents, form healthy bonds: Kerala’s academic guidelines ahead of school reopening

After a year and a half of online classes during the pandemic, schools in the state are set to welcome students for offline sessions albeit in accordance with the Covid protocols. Higher education institutions in the state reopened earlier this week.

By: Express Web Desk | Kochi |
October 27, 2021 6:52:38 pm
Thermal scanning at a school in Palakkad. (PTI/File)

Creating opportunities for students to engage in their favourite activities, allowing them to read their favourite books, getting them to practice light exercises, identifying their talents and encouraging them — these are just some of the recommendations put forth by Kerala’s general education department to plug the learning gaps in students ahead of reopening of schools in the state on November 1.

After a year and a half of online classes during the pandemic, schools in the state are set to welcome students for offline sessions albeit in accordance with the Covid protocols. Higher education institutions in the state reopened earlier this week.

The state government’s academic guidelines, released this week, are aimed at making it easier for students to get back on track for regular offline classes after the disruption caused by the pandemic. In the first phase, schools are advised to make use of video classes and take the help of technology while teaching students in the classroom.

All students must be brought into the atmosphere of schools as a way of bridging the learning gap and allowed to engage in their favourite activities, read the books they like, participate in light exercises and use the services of school counsellors if required, the guidelines say.

The guidelines recommend teachers to be prepared for a new style of academics by blending online and offline tools. Focus must be applied on practical lessons, library sessions and group activities. Students who are unable to reach schools in the initial period must be allowed to continue their studies online and arrangements must be made for the same.

The academic schedule for the month of November is recommended to be prepared in advance before the reopening of schools and on the basis of the implementation of November’s schedule, the same can be prepared for December.

Schools are free to choose schedule of daily classes based on safety protocols and the number of students in each class. There is no uniform model in the state.

The education department advises teachers to build good, healthy relationships with students and thereby promote and encourage their talents. This will boost their self-confidence and make it easier for them to concentrate on studies. Giving feedback on their assignments is also encouraged.

Involving the students’ parents or guardians in their studies is recommended through basic projects. Visiting their homes to build strong connections with such parents can be helpful in the long-term.

On the day of reopening, the department recommends that schools and classrooms be decorated, students welcomed personally by teachers and encouraged to play games, sing songs and tell stories as a way of easing them back into the academic schedule.

The education department had earlier put out general guidelines on safety protocols to be followed as schools reopen next month.

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