KERALA

Steps to improve academic quality

final touches: Parents buying school accessories for their child on the eve of school reopening in Thrissur on Sunday. —

final touches: Parents buying school accessories for their child on the eve of school reopening in Thrissur on Sunday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.K. Najeeb

Special Correspondent

English to be taught from class I this year

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Education Minister M.A. Baby has said the Education Department will undertake steps to improve the quality of physical infrastructure and academic atmosphere in schools this year with public participation. In an article released for publication on the school opening day, the Minister said that stress would be on augmenting and sustaining the gains achieved during last year in improving the efficiency of the department.

The Minister said the opportunity to learn English from first standard would be extended to all students from this academic year. The number of terminal examination this year would be reduced from three to two.

Textbooks had been printed in two volumes to reduce the weight of books. Textbooks were being given free of charge to 34 lakh students from first to eighth standard with assistance from the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. He said the government was also taking up the heathcare and physical fitness of students as its new agenda. The noon meal scheme was being extended to high school classes.

A handbook titled ‘Mannezhuthu’ would be distributed to all students from standard V to X. The book would enable them to learn about society and the environment supporting all forms of life. Fifth standard students would be given trees for planting as part of the ‘Ente Maram’ programme.

He said it should be possible to nurture curiosity among students. The syllabus and method of teaching should aid the students to achieve higher levels in using their talents. Concerted efforts were needed to improve the infrastructure and turn each school into a centre of excellence. “Let the new academic year turn out to be live, happy and creative one with the efforts of all.”

Meanwhile, the Education Department has made elaborate arrangements for the State-level school opening festival and free distribution of books that will be inaugurated by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan at Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Malampuzha, near Palakkad, on Monday.

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