As the new year was ushered in, students of Classes 10 and 12 in state syllabus schools in Kerala returned to their classrooms on Friday — after a hiatus of seven months.
The state board exams are scheduled for March 17.
Authorities have taken all health precautions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, ordering classroom teaching in the morning and afternoon batches in most schools from 9 am to 1 pm and 1.15 pm to 5.15 pm.
Seating arrangements for students too have been made as per the social distance norm. Almost all schools have made sanitizers available to students and staff as well as facilities to take care of health issues if needed. Students have also been counseled on the pandemic and how to maintain social distance.
Class 10 student Anna Mariam Joy of Cottonhill High School here told IANS: “After seven months, I am meeting my friends physically. It is a great feeling. However, we are sitting at a distance in the classroom and not interacting much. Teachers are providing us all the necessary guidelines.”
Krishnakumar, a teacher at the Government High School at Pettah in Thiruvananthapuram, told IANS: “Schools are extending all support to students, whose presence in schools has increased our responsibility manifold. Schools have made councilors available to provide emotional support to children, in case needed. I think things are getting back to normal.”