Karnataka will not reopen pre-university schools and colleges in December
The Karnataka government decided on Monday not to reopen pre-university schools and colleges in December due to the current COVID-19 situation.
A high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in this regard decided to meet again by the third week of December to discuss the future course of action, on the recommendation of experts and the Ministry of Health.
“All education experts, health department and experts felt that a discussion on opening pre-university schools and colleges should take place by the end of December… now is not the time. because COVID cases can increase and affect students, ”Yediyurappa said.
Schools have remained closed since March, when the national lockdown was first applied to fight COVID-19.
The meeting, he later told reporters, unanimously decided to meet again by the end of December to decide on the future course of action and not to reopen pre-university schools and colleges. by then.
The chief minister said even five percent of students were taking classes at engineering and university schools which reopened on November 17.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar, officials from the departments of education, health, rural development and transport, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, and experts.
Health Minister K Sudhakar virtually attended the meeting.
Suresh Kumar said the chief minister made the decision because ultimately saving lives was more important by honoring the advice of the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Education would implement the decision.
However, classes via the public broadcaster – “Samveda” and other means such as online would continue.
He said there were two opinions on the issue in the state – one not to open schools and the other that if this was not done, students in rural areas would face hardships. difficulties and their fate should be taken care of.
The department held consultations with all stakeholders in this regard, after which it was decided to hold a meeting under the leadership of the CM and also seek the advice of the health department, Kumar said.
The Minister of Health informed the meeting that the Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19, made up of around 14 medical experts, had recommended not to reopen PU schools and colleges in December.
Proceedings from the Committee meeting shared with media indicated that COVID-19 infections were on a downward trend with around 1,700 cases and 20 deaths reported daily and that it was important to consolidate this gain made after great efforts over the past eight months to contain the disease.
He however said there was currently a spike / resurgence of cases in Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and other states.
In addition, the cold weather in December and January has been conducive to the emergence and spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, he said, adding that the epidemiological perspective based on an investigation in the The statewide in September was that there could be a spike in cases in districts with low prevalence.