The Kerala authorities will think about reopening of colleges in a phased method after the entire vaccination of youngsters within the state however topic to the approval of the Union authorities and anxious COVID-19 skilled companies, General Education minister V Sivankutty stated on Monday.

Sivankutty stated digital and on-line courses weren’t a everlasting answer and reopening of colleges could be thought of after vaccinatingchildren within the state.

“We have seen reports about schools being reopened in other states. We need to administer vaccines to the children first and there are various protocols of the union and state governments to be followed in this matter,” Sivakutty instructed the Assembly.

“Once we get necessary approval of the union government and concerned COVID-19 expert committees and agencies, the state government will consider the option of reopening the schools in a phased manner,” he added.

He was replying to numerous questions raised by Legislator Ramachandran Kadannappally on the steps taken by the federal government to cut back the stress confronted by college students within the state amongst others.

Sivankutty stated thestate authorities has initiated varied programmes together with “Our Responsibility to Children” (ORC) to make sure the psychological well being of faculty college students.

“This programme ensures the mental health and welfareof the children in the state. We are also focusing on ensuring the participation of parents in all these initiatives. Digital classes with the help of experts have also been included,” the minister instructed theAssembly.

He additionally stated {that a} tele-counselling programme titled ‘Athijeevanam’ is being organised by utilising the experience of presidency docs.

“Our society has been following a routine in which studies are given more importance than the children. However, now we need to give importance to the children rather than their studies. The elders should ensure more care to the children especially when even small children are using mobile phones and the internet,” he stated.

He stated the state authorities was planning to organise an enormous marketing campaign on the psychological well being of the kids and cyber safety by coordinating with varied companies.


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