Thiruvananthapuram: Around four lakh students will enter the portals of learning on Thursday when the schools reopen after the summer holidays.
The state-level inauguration of ‘Preveshanols- avam’ is scheduled at Chembuchira in Thrissur that day. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the function even as Opposition parties and their organisations representing teachers and students will boycott it in view of the decision to implement the Khader committee report.
The new academic year will feature hi-tech labs in 9,941 primary schools in the state. Already 45,000 hi-tech classrooms have been made in 4,752 schools from Std 8 to 12.
The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) is implementing the project for hi-tech lab for primary schools, which is funded by the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB). The supply orders for 55,086 laptops and USB speakers along with 23,170 multimedia projectors have been issued. These ICT equipment would reach the primary schools by July.
As part of the hi-tech school project, 59,772 laptops, 43,422 multimedia projectors, 4,714 DSLR camera, 4,545 LED TVs, 4,720 webcams, 23,104 projection screens, 41,878 HDMI cables, 40,614 HDMI faceplates, 41,789 ceiling mount kits and 42,739 USB speakers have been deployed in 4,752 secondary schools in the state. These schools would also be provided with a multi-function printer each this month. Apart from high-speed broadband internet connectivity, the networking of classrooms would also be completed by this month.
Subsequently, the labs would be provided with a server for easier content dissemination in schools. A total of 1,83,235 teachers in primary, high school and higher secondary categories were given specific training during the April-May vacation period on digital mechanisms for effectively using ICT in classrooms and for content generation purpose.