Week-long cleaning drive to be launched in schools ahead of reopening on June 1 – The New Indian Express

The general education department will launch a week-long cleaning drive in schools from May 21-27 in the run-up to the reopening on June 1.
Published: 17th May 2023 11:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th May 2023 11:32 AM   |  A+A-
Kerala Education Minister V Sivankutty. (File photo | EPS)
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  The general education department will launch a week-long cleaning drive in schools from May 21-27 in the run-up to the reopening on June 1. This was decided at a meeting of the representatives of various teachers’ associations convened by General Education Minister V Sivankutty in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

The minister said teachers’ associations will play a key role in the cleaning drive. Deputy directors will be assigned district-wise responsibilities in the run-up to school reopening and a minimum of 200 working days will be ensured in the upcoming academic year. A meeting will soon be convened to finalise the academic calendar for 2023-24. To implement the noon meal scheme efficiently, better coordination will be ensured between Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), local residents and alumni of the institution.
Sivankutty warned teachers against conducting private tuition or associating with coaching centres. Strict action will be taken against teachers who skip valuation camps and training programmes. The meeting also decided to step up academic activities with special focus on students from Classes I to VII. 

The meeting also decided to set up school-level ‘jagratha samithees’ for implementing activities against drug abuse. The samithees will comprise officials from the police and the excise departments, elected representatives, PTA members and teachers.
Steps will be taken to implement orders relating to reservations for the differently-abled in teaching posts. A committee, comprising deputy directors, regional deputy directors and representatives of teachers’ associations will examine district-wise the various issues related to reservation. The minister said directions have been issued to rectify internet connectivity issues in schools and better synergy will be ensured between autonomous agencies under the department such as  KITE, Samagra Shiksha Kerala and SCERT.
Besides representatives of various teachers’ associations, general education secretary Rani George and director of general education Shanavas S and other senior officials of the department were present at the meeting.

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