While all Kerala schools and universities are set to close for an early four-week spring break as part of Covid-19 precautions, this doesn't mean classes will be missed and lessons will be skipped. The British India Academy (BIA) ensures that academics will remain on track - via online live classes and distance learning for IELTS and English Language Training.
This is how it will work:
It is raising anxieties as COVID-19 is spreading speedily in Kerala. The entire state is nearly shutdown. Due to this recent outbreak, all sorts of mass gathering including cinema, festivals, examinations, public functions and etc. have been canceled. In just 6 days of time, there are numbers of infected persons who have jumped from 3 to 20 up till 16th March.
After 20 cases of coronavirus in Kerala, a high alert has been declared in the state. In such a situation, the Kerala government is taking many big steps to prevent the spread of the virus. All public programs of the government in Kerala have been stopped. At the same time, school-colleges and movie theaters have also been closed in the state.
To prevent further spread of COVID19, the government is aiming to prevent kids from exposure to crowded places. So, all classes up to the 7th standard will be closed till March end across the state. Also, all the exams which were started, put on hold. The closure of the classes will also be applicable to anganwadis and madrasas.
However, major examinations such as VHSE and SSLC will remain as scheduled. Vocational High Secondary School Exams and SSLC that began on Tuesday, will be extended up to 26th March. The VHSE exams will end on 27th March. The final examinations of 8th and 9th standard students will also proceed as usual.
Children who are under observation and in an isolation ward in the homes will be allowed to give exams in separate rooms which will be arranged in their schools. Some of the children who have been in contact with the Pathanamthitta family will be allowed to write SSLC exams on Tuesday in a specially designed room.
Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan advised that general alertness is enough to challenge COVID-19 spread. Also, he said that all tuition classes, anniversary fetes, cultural events, and vacation classes should be on hold at least in the month of March.
The CM also canceled religious programs in which thousands and lacks of people gather. He said “Given the present conditions, the coming together of people in big numbers would be harmful. It would be helpful for the spread of the virus”.
He also planned to shut churches and temples to get rid of its mass gathering. He advised avoiding going to cultural events and cinema halls in March. The CM said, “there is no need for fear but we should work together to stem the spread of the disease. If there is any negligence, this could go out of control”.
Recommendations by Ed-Tech Millionaire Romy Johnson on the Roles of Teachers and Parents:
Teachers, students, parents, and administrators – All have their important roles to make e-learning work.
- Teachers’ role to prepare class timetables, study materials, and lesson plans for the e-learning program. They must be able to form facilitate discussions, develop content, and attend to all students’ questions.
- Parents are requested to build a proper learning environment at home by offering their kids with internet devices and services like smartphones, tablets, and computers.
- On the other hand, students are gratified to commit to the public policy to use learning devices throughout the entire course. Distracting activities such as web-browsing and taking photos are strictly prohibited.