Nearly 8,500 students will compete in 222 events to be held at 15 venues in Kozhikode
KOZHIKODE: A meeting at the Town Hall on Thursday discussed the conduct of the 50th State School Arts Festival here from January 4 to 11.
Kozhikode is hosting the event after eight years.
Nearly 8,500 students will compete in 222 events to be held in 15 venues at the festival.
Mayor M. Bhaskaran said the city was ready to host nearly 25,000 people — students, parents, trainers, teachers, judges and organisers — arriving for the festival.
Director of Public Instruction A.P.M. Muhammed Haneesh said there would be two kitchens in Kozhikode as in Thiruvananthapuram where the festival was held last year. Private hospitals would be roped in for medical aid.
Education Minister M.A. Baby; M.K. Raghavan, MP; A. Pradeep Kumar, MLA; and C.P. Chitra, Director, Higher Secondary, Education; took part in the discussions.
From last year, competitions for high school, higher secondary and vocational higher secondary students are held together. Also, contests for school students and those of teachers’ training courses will be held separately. Earlier, a meeting to elect teachers to various committees for the conduct of the festival could not be completed following protests by the National Teachers’ Union, which holds allegiance to the Bharatiya Janata Party, in the morning at Zamorin’s Higher Secondary School, Tali.
Later, another meeting held at the Teachers’ Training Institute for Men was disrupted following the protest. The union activists said they were not invited for the meeting.
Another meeting of the organising committee will be held in the first week of October.