Kerala: The education department is planning to end the academic year in March 2021. Also, it is mulling the extension of the all-pass system (where all students till Class 8 are promoted to the next class) till Class 9.
The Plus One students will also be promoted to Plus Two, but their final exam will be held later. Class 10 and 12 will be given more attention as they have a public examination.
The discussions held decided to drop the ‘Zero year’ plan where students will be staying in the same class next year. But it was evaluated that the decision would be a setback to the government.
Earlier in the initial days of Covid pandemic when schools were shut, the government had decided to use the summer holidays to complete the academic year. But the possibility of Assembly elections in April, Ramzan from mid-March resulted in a reevaluation of the decision.
At present, the education department hopes to open schools in January. But this would depend on the Covid spread after the local body elections. The health department has recommended to open schools only if the test positivity rate dips below 5 percent.
If schools are opened in January, only two months will be left in this academic year. Exams are to be conducted in March. The online classes have not reached the same lessons as classroom learning. Without reducing the syllabus, whole portions won’t be covered within the stipulated time. And hence the decision of all pass.
But this can’t be adopted in Class 10 and 12. Plus Two classes have practical sessions. Even if schools are opened, students will have to spend more time.
Discussions are also being held to include only the most important practical lessons required at the undergraduate level in Plus Two classes.