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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: I’m so excited to be back in school and see my friends and teachers. We’ve been dealing with cell phone displays for a long time. Not that online courses are bad, our teachers did their best to teach us. Offline lessons are more fun, âsays Anjana, a student at Cotton Hills Girls’ High School.
The Kerala government plans to gradually reopen the schools. Physical education classes resumed Monday for grades I through VII, 10th and 12th grade students across the state. âI missed my friends. We can also interact more with the teachers during physical education, âsaid Sruthi, another student. Parents were seen waiting on the school grounds that morning after handing over their wards.
âMy daughter is in 10th grade and it is an important academic year for her. In the next year she may move to another school and not be able to see her friends. I am happy that the schools are open again. Online courses are impractical and students find it difficult to focus on a cell phone or laptop screen. Plus, having more screen time isn’t good for their eyes, âsaid Rekha, a parent seen outside of school.
Another parent, Merin G, also expressed their joy at the reopening of the school. âMy daughter, an 11th grade student, has not yet seen any of her classmates. Children lost almost two years of their precious school life to the pandemic. I’m glad things are going back to normal, âsaid Merin.
Double the trouble for teachers
However, managing offline and online lessons on a daily basis will be challenging for the teachers as some parents still prefer online lessons for their children. âEven after receiving both doses of the vaccine, people get Covid. There are fears but we have to obey the decision of the state government, âsaid Sulochana B, a teacher. âOnline courses used to take place mornings and evenings. We are now waiting for the revised schedule, âshe said. Some private schools in the district have still not resumed classes for other reasons. âMy son is in Class V and his school has decided not to resume classes. The school buses have yet to be put into operation, âsaid one parent who did not want to be named.
Caring for the bio-bubble hard
It will be a challenge for the school authorities to keep the biobubble intact for students in the long term, as fully vaccinated people will also develop Covid variants. âWe used to have online classes in the mornings and evenings to make it easier for parents and students. Now we have online courses planned for the evenings. The response on the first day was overwhelming. All Class 10 divisions are full. We split each department into two batches so that the Covid protocol could be followed, âsaid Principal TA Vincent of Cotton Hill Girls’ High School. He said the number of batches cannot be increased due to infrastructure limitations. âThe state government will make further decisions after November 15th after examining the effects of reopening the school. The students like to come back. All of our employees are vaccinated and we started preparing for the reopening weeks in advance. We have had support from the Police Association, CITU and corporate authorities to prepare the school campus and welcome the students, âadded Vincent.
Love of our language
n Monday, a group of young theater artists from the Art Space Center for Performing Arts in Thiruvananthapuram welcomed the children with a special âPraveshanolsavamâ in their respective schools.
The team of eleven, who are also members of the Union Campus Theater of Kerala University, presented a Malayalam play “Madhurame Malayalamee”. November 1st also marked Kerala Piravi, the anniversary of the founding of Kerala.
The street piece was conceived, written and staged by Satheesh G Nair and conveyed the meaning of one’s own mother tongue. It challenged today’s generation to respect it. Satheesh shares his experience of directing the play and points out the need for children to learn and use our native Malayalam language. âIn our modern society there are more and more children who do not know the language. The government has proposed encouraging children to learn Malayalam by introducing them to stories and poetry. So I turned five popular Malayalam poems into a play and gave them a visual adaptation, âhe said.
The half-hour piece featured popular poems such as Duck Bhasha by Vallathol Narayana Menon, Malayalam by ONV Kurup, Amma Malayalam by Kureepuzha Sreekumar, Mozhi Malayalam by Gireesh Puliyoor and Irayimman Thampi’s popular lullaby Omanathinkal Kidavo. According to Anagha S, one of the artists, the play is necessary as most children saw English cartoons, shows and video games during the pandemic and need to get back in touch with Malayalam.