Students’ physical, mental wellness get more thrust

KOCHI: The first budget of Pinarayi government 2.0 proposes to implement various action plans to alleviate the mental stress and ensure physical fitness of school students who remain confined to their houses for the last one year. Finance minister K N Balagopal said that Covid transmission has caused various mental health problems and anxiety regarding the future in children and parents.

From tele/online counselling to incorporating yoga and other exercises as part of the ongoing digital classes, the budget proposes a slew of measures to enhance the well-being and immunity of students. It proposed the constitution of a committee comprising educational, health and social experts for conducting a detailed study on the subject. Steps will be taken to promote creativity of children, exhibit their art and craft works and telecast the selected works through KITE Victers channel.


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Unlike the previous budget, there is no major allocation for the general educational sector this time. However, Rs 10 crore has been earmarked for incorporating virtual reality and artificial intelligence, aimed at improving the quality of digital classes. Along with classes on Victers channel, online classes led by teachers will also be organized. Also, 2 lakh laptops will be distributed to students in a time-bound manner through a scheme formulated by KSFE.

Knowledge economy

Acknowledging that a rapid transformation towards a knowledge society is essential in Kerala today, the budget reiterated the previous budget’s focus on developing a knowledge economy with the active participation of Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-Disc).

The FM said that the government aims to rebuild the education system to develop the capacity for knowledge creation in the new environment.

A skill-oriented approach in education is needed to create an impact in the local and global job sectors. K-Disc will lead the ‘Knowledge Economy Mission’ and the allocation for ‘knowledge economy fund’ for skill promotion, technological transformation and strengthening the higher education system has been increased from Rs 200 crore to Rs 300 crore.

” A high-power commission will be constituted to examine our education system and submit a report within three months containing practical recommendations to reorganize it,” Balagopal said.

The budget also allocated an additional Rs 10 crore to provide basic facilities to the recently-started Sree Narayana Guru Open University.

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