Pre-university schools and colleges reopen for Karnataka students
After a hiatus of more than nine months, Karnataka’s pre-university schools and colleges reopened for students on Friday with strict COVID-19 safety standards.
While regular classes started on Friday for the pupils of class 10 and the second year of the PUC (class 12), who will face the board exams; students from grades 6 to 9 have come to campuses for the Vidyagama program, which provides further education.
Wearing masks, students with letters of consent from their parents have been seen entering classrooms after heat checks and disinfecting their hands at PU schools and colleges across the state.
Also inside the classrooms, students were seen seated while maintaining social distancing.
According to reports so far, with Friday being the first day, also New Year’s Eve, not all students attended classes.
While there was opposition from some branches to opening PU schools and colleges amid the prevailing pandemic situation, others, including Education Minister Suresh Kumar, were of the opinion that the opening of schools and colleges as well as preventive measures were necessary for students, especially in rural areas, with education generally not available and cases of them being forced to work.
PU schools and colleges have remained closed in the state since March, just before the nationwide lockdown was first applied to combat COVID-19.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the school and colleges are restarting in the interest of students’ educational progress.
“Happy New Year everyone. In the interest of the educational progress of the students, from today classes 10 and 12 will start, Vidyagama will also restart for the students in classes 6 to 9. All necessary arrangements have been made to student safety Mandatory use of masks, maintain social distance, cleanliness and cooperate with the government, “he said in a tweet.
Anxious parents were seen accompanying their children to school, while teachers were seen welcoming the students and guiding them on safety protocols to follow.
Classrooms and the premises of schools and colleges were disinfected before the resumption of classes on Friday.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, S Suresh Kumar, who visited PU schools and colleges in various locations, also inspected the arrangements and interacted with the students. Parents need not worry as all necessary precautionary measures are strictly followed.
“There is a scene of celebration and joy in the school premises … the worry that is there in some parents will not go away easily in one day it will be there, so I say two things, those who have still worries send your children to schools once the problem is solved, because it is not compulsory, and those who send to schools do not worry, precautionary measures are in place, âhe said .
“About the concern around the second wave and the UK variant, I spoke to the members of the expert committee, there is no need to worry, it is not more dangerous than the previous COVID variant, the same precautionary measures will remain valid and the vaccines that are ready will be able to remedy it, âhe added.
Expecting 40-50 percent attendance on Friday, the minister also said that we did not expect good attendance on the first day itself, as attending classes is not mandatory, also (Friday) being a new one. years, many may want to come to Monday classes.
He also said the department is considering setting up a vigilance team in all districts to visit schools and check on precautionary measures and examine gaps, if any.