Kerala government has given permission to reopen schools from November 1, 2021. Kerala Colleges will also be reopening from October 4, 2021. The government has allowed these educational institutions to reopen in stages. The government plans to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12, as well as colleges for students in their final semesters of undergraduate and postgraduate, UG, PG courses.
Kerala schools and colleges will reopen keeping in mind all the Covid-19 safety protocols. In a recent order, Higher Education Department Joint Secretary Sajukumar announced the reopening of colleges. This follows Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan's official order on September 7. Final Semester PG students will be able to attend classes at 100% capacity, but Final Semester UG students will only be allowed to attend offline classes at 50% capacity, according to the norms.
The state government has not yet decided whether or not schools would reopen for all classes, according to information obtained for Kerala Schools Reopening. Reopening plans for classes 9 to 12 pending official confirmation. The decision was made at the Secretariat's Covid-19 review meeting.
The official orders on college reopening state that the focus of the reopening must be on practical science subjects, with the rest of the theory subject continuing to be taught online.
Despite the fact that the Higher Education Department has established a set of general guidelines that educational institutes must follow, they are free to have their own set of SOPs. All requirements must, however, ensure that all classrooms, libraries, and laboratories are clean. If these Institutes want assistance in carrying out this task, they may seek assistance from local self-government authorities, concerned health workers, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
The institutes must also ensure that there are enough masks and handwashing facilities, among other guidelines. Furthermore, vaccination drives for students and employees must be scheduled as soon as possible. This is because, for everyone's protection, everyone who comes to campus must be vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.