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Kerala proposes resuming normal working hours for schools from Dec 1

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The Government of Kerala is planning to extend working hours for schools till evening, that is, the normal working hours of the school, from December 1st.

Schools in Kerala reopened from November 1 for Classes 1 to 7 and 10 to 12 and from November 15 for Classes 8 and 9. The classes were started with staggered timings with schools remaining open only until noon and in batches. Classes were being held in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government in October. Read more here.

However, complaints have been received from students and teachers that they are struggling to finish the syllabus in time due to the restricted hours of working, the Matrubhumi reported. Therefore, the General Education Department is considering a proposal to extend the school hours until evening which is the normal working hours of the schools in Kerala.

A meeting chaired by Education Minister Sivankutty reportedly addressed the issue and a meeting scheduled for today will discuss the possibility of extending the duration of classes for schools.

Schools reopened in November with all precautions in place.

The guidelines issued by the government required all shopkeepers and sales staff in shops close to schools to be vaccinated. Classes were to be conducted in a bio-bubble. Only 3 students were allowed in autorickshaws on school duty. Mask and hand sanitiser were to be provided in the schools. From classes 1 to 7, a maximum of two students were to be allowed to sit on one bench. Uniforms and assembly were made non-mandatory.

In order to facilitate completion of the syllabus, the government may soon announce extension of school hours for all students.

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