Thiruvananthapuram: Amid increasing COVID-19 cases in Kerala, over 300 government and aided schools across the state have got ‘sanitiser booths’ to ensure the hygiene and safety of students.Also Read - IMD Sounds Red Alert in 4 Districts After Heavy Downpour Lashes Kerala, CM Vijayan Holds High-level Meeting

The booths, installed at the entrance of each school, are equipped with sensor-integrated automatic machines that will dispense sanitiser to the students and others, official sources here said. Also Read - Kerala: LDF Wins 24 Of 42 Seats In Local Body By-Polls, UDF Bags 12

It is an initiative of the vocational higher secondary education (VHSE) unit of the National Service Scheme (NSS), under the state General Education Department (GED), they added. Also Read - Heavy Rainfall To Continue In Kerala Tomorrow, IMD Issues Orange Alert For 7 Districts | Details Here

As the final year exams were about to begin in state schools, the ‘sanitiser booths’ were part of extra precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus infection among children, a senior NSS official said.

“The machines are installed at 332 government/aided schools across the state, having vocational higher secondary or NSS units.

The state Health Department has given us all support for the project,” NSS (GED-VHSE) Programme Coordinator Ranjith P told PTI.

As it was automatic machines, children need not touch it to get the medicinal liquid to sanitise their hands, he said.

In many schools, the NSS programme officers bought the machines and installed it with the support of volunteers.

Each such machine, which will function using both electricity and battery, costs at least Rs 1,500, he said.

However, students themselves have made the machines in those vocational higher secondary schools where Electronics is a subject.

“At least 42 per cent of automatic machines are built by our children,” the official added.

Schools, which remained closed since the coronavirus outbreak last year, have been functioning since January 1 for 10th and 12th standards with limited hours and restricted number of students.