Karnataka Government bans online classes for students up to class V

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Several days after online classes kicked off in private schools across Karnataka, the state government on Wednesday banned internet-based teaching with immediate effect from LKG to Class V.

 

Minister for primary and secondary education S Suresh Kumar on Wednesday said that online classes cannot be held for the kids from LKG to class V.

“Online education cannot replace physical classes.It’s not for completing the syllabus but can only help in enhancing knowledge. Not everyone has access to tools for digital education”, minister said.

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) set up an expert committee comprising educationists, health experts, child psychologists and other stakeholders to submit a report on how children can be engaged in the future. 

The committee must submit its report in 10 days and focus on modalities for online classes for Classes 6 to 12, including the amount of screen time permitted per age group.

"Education department has decided after taking suggestions from senior educational experts, physiatrists, private schools association representatives that online classes for students from LKG to class V should not be held. 

"For classes VI to X, a committee has been formed to submit recommendations on the pros and cons of online education. The committee will submit a report in 10 days," he added. 

The government also banned schools from charging money for online classes.

“Covid-19 hit many of us financially. No school must hike fees this year. Schools that can cut down on fees are welcome to do so. Strict action will be taken if the schools collect more fees in the name of online education," the minister said.

 

With inputs from Agency and media reports

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