Updated: Oct 21, 2021
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated on Wednesday that counselling sessions should be held for school and college students who may be in a bad mood after losing not only their lessons but also their friends as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to an official news release, he stated that when schools and colleges reopen, counsellors should be present.
The decision was made at a COVID review conference, where it was also determined that first-year undergraduate students under the age of 18 who are unable to get vaccinated owing to their age will be spared from having to acquire two doses of vaccination in order to attend classes, according to the release. Students who do not have enough time to get the second dosage of the vaccination will be allowed to attend lessons, according to the Chief Minister.
In addition, he stated that teachers and pupils who are hesitant to receive the vaccine should be educated, according to the press release. In addition, the meeting resolved that, in conjunction with the reopening of educational institutions, the fitness of school buildings and vehicles to be used to transport students should be ensured, and bus services should be increased. According to the Chief Minister, uniforms are not required in the early phases of school start.
According to the press release, public event limitations will remain in place, and specific licences will be required for programmes that require an exemption. In response to the recent severe rains, the Chief Minister stated that 48 relief camps have been established and that relief efforts are underway.