Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there should be counseling sessions for the students.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that there should be counseling sessions for school and college students as students may be in a special position after losing not only classes but also friends during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken at the COVID review meeting which also decided that first year graduate students under the age of 18, who are unable to get vaccinated because of their age, should receive both doses of the vaccine to apply to classes. will be exempted from the requirement to do so.
The Chief Minister said in the meeting that students who do not have time to take the second dose of the vaccine will also be allowed to attend classes. Also, he said that awareness programs should be organized for those teachers and students who are reluctant to take the vaccine. Along with this, it was also decided in the meeting that the fitness of school buildings and vehicles used to transport students should be ensured and bus services should be increased in connection with the reopening of educational institutions.
The Chief Minister said that uniform is not mandatory in the initial phase of opening the school. The ban on public events will continue and special permission will have to be obtained for events requiring exemption. Regarding the current heavy rains, the Chief Minister said that 48 relief camps have been set up and relief work is going on.
Colleges reopening in Maharashtra from this date
All colleges and universities in Maharashtra will be reopened for direct classes from October 20 and only students who have received both doses of the anti-Covid vaccine will be allowed to attend classes. State Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant made this announcement during a conversation with reporters here on Wednesday. The decision has been taken after schools in the state for classes V to XII were allowed to conduct direct classes again from October 4 after being closed for several months due to the pandemic.
Samant said, “All non-agricultural colleges, state-run universities, deemed universities, self-financing universities and colleges affiliated to them can start direct classes from October 20. Teaching and non-teaching staff should get both doses of the vaccine on a priority basis.”
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