Schools in Kerala have been shut since the second week of March 2020 in order to control the spread of Coronavirus. When the schools were shut, it was expected that they would resume operations within some weeks, but as the nationwide lockdown kept on getting extended, the schools have remained shut since. The major challenge for the authorities in the state has been to ensure that the learning process for the students does not suffer. One of the initiatives has been to start online classes to engage the students and make sure that their studies do not suffer.
Now a major decision has been taken by the government in Kerala wherein it has been decided to start online classes for students from 1st June 2020. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Pinaryi Vijayan, stated that the government is considering a proposal to start online classes from 1st June 2020. He also added that any decision regarding resumption of normal classes will be taken as and when the situation improves. There are reports that the government will be training the teachers for online classes if the situation does not normalize by June.
Important Decisions Are Taken Regarding Entrance Examinations
While interacting with the media, the chief minister informed that the government had taken important decisions regarding entrance examinations. He said, “This time there will not be any separate examination for lateral entry into engineering courses for those who finished polytechnic courses. Instead, admissions will be made on the basis of marks by the Commissioner of Entrance Examinations.”
Regarding the students who had applied for the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical, i.e. KEAM will be provided with a chance to change their examination centre in the month of June 2020.
Crucial updates regarding pending and upcoming examinations
Addressing the concerns of the students studying in polytechnic colleges in Kerala, Mr. Vijayan stated that, “Students studying in polytechnic colleges in the state will be able to attend exams at polytechnics near their homes. The last semester exams of Polytechnic colleges are scheduled to begin in the first week of June.” He also added that examinations for the 3-year and 5-year law courses would be conducted in an online mode in the month of June itself.
Previously, the Kerala government had decided to postpone the pending exams for the class 10th and 12th students in the state. Now, there are reports that the government is planning to conduct those examinations by the end of May 2020. So, the students must keep themselves updated about the information and start preparing for the exams accordingly.
Moreover, as the schools and colleges across Kerala might not open for another few weeks, it is advisable that the students make use of the available learning resources and continue with their studies.