When schools had to be shut down due to Covid without even being able to conduct the annual admission ceremony, named Praveshotsavam, we started teaching children at home. The children, who had only seen movies and other programmes on TV, sat obediently before the small screen as they listened to the daily lessons on the Victers channel. Teachers in a bid to engage students told interesting stories and put them at ease with banter.
Voluntary organisations, alumni associations and friendly groups made available facilities for students without TVs and laptops. As the country battled Covid, Kerala also achieved the distinction of becoming the first state to have high-tech classrooms in all public schools.
Dr Shiny Palatty, Principal, Bharat Mata College, Thrikkakara, who saved Rs 2.5 lakh by organising a simple marriage ceremony for her son and bought books for students with that money, and Robin Joseph, a social studies teacher at St Thomas High School, in Maniakkdavu, Iritty, who traveled for miles to visit the homes of each of the class 10 students to evaluate their studies are examples of proactive teachers who did their best to do their duty in trying times.
The experience in the education sector showed the spirited commitment to protect and take care of our children and their future even in times of a pandemic!