ERNAKULAM: Schools across Kerala welcomed students back on Monday following a two-month summer break, with the State government organizing ‘Praveshanolsavam’ celebrations for those commencing their new academic year.
This year has brought notable changes, including updated textbooks and a revised answer sheet evaluation system, setting it apart from previous years.
The state-level school ‘Praveshanolsavam’ was inaugurated by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Government Higher Secondary School, Elamakkara.
The event was presided over by V Sivankutty, minister for general education, with special guests including minister P Rajeev, leader of opposition VD Satheesan, and other people’s representatives.
Across the state, 2,44,646 children are being admitted to Class 1 this year.
The updated textbooks for Classes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 have been introduced after a decade, featuring chapters that foster gender equality.
Another significant change this year is the reintroduction of minimum marks requirements for all subjects in Class 10, which was discontinued in 2005.
The minister emphasized that continuous assessment will no longer involve grading on a curve, indicating that 100 per cent pass rates should not be anticipated.
The government has made a significant change in the education system by abolishing the “all pass” policy for students from Classes 1 to 9. Previously, under this practice, no student would fail up to class 9, regardless of their academic performance, according to education minister V Sivankutty.