Kerala, June 01, 2020: The new academic year begins today in Kerala. The Kerala government will begin virtual classes for school students from today, in an effort to ensure that they do not miss out on lessons due to COVID-19 induced lockdown. More than 45 lakh students will be part of this online initiative.
Director of Public Instruction (DPI) K Jeevan Babu said the classes will be through the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE)-Victers channel under the name ’’First Bell’’.
"We very well know the situation of COVID-19, it’s spread and how dangerous it is. We need the nod of the centre and the state government to open schools and start regular classes. So the department had decided to start online classes. The classes will be through KITE Victers channel," Babu told media persons as reported by PTI.
KITE has even brought out the timetable for conducting the classes. The sessions will be held from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday for all classes from 1 to 12, except class 11, on the channel.
The time slots for different classes vary from half-an-hour to two hours, a press release issued by KITE said.