Decision to reopen schools will be based on health of students, parent's concern: Karnataka Education Minister

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S Suresh Kumar said that the government has not yet decided on the dates to reopen schools.

 

Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Thursday said that  decision to reopen schools in Karnataka has not yet been made and will be done so based on the health of students and parents' concern and in consultation with stakeholders in the education field.

On September 20, the State government prohibited Class 9 to 12 students from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the government, the students were earlier allowed by the education department after COVID-19 cases in the state had come down. However, as the pandemic continues to rage the state, the state government felt it was not safe to call students to colleges or schools to meet teachers.

MHA on September 30 issued new guidelines for 're-opening' of more activities in areas outside the containment zones, and under it had given State/UT governments the flexibility to take a decision regarding reopening schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutions, after October 15, in a graded manner.

The Ministry said that the decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school and institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and subject to the condition that online and distance learning will continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and will be encouraged.

Most of the private schools in Karnataka are holding online classes to continue the teaching-learning process in the state. 

However, the Karnataka Government schools are shut since mid-March as a precautionary measure to control the spread of COVID-19.

 

With inputs from Agency

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