Students flock to high schools, pre-university colleges in Karnataka: La Tribune India
Bangalore, August 23
Karnataka high schools and pre-university colleges welcomed students into offline classes on Monday after 18 months. Large numbers of students have flocked to campuses responding positively to government appeals.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Minister of Primary and Secondary Education BC Nagesh urged parents to send their children to school without fear.
Principals and teachers stood at the entrance to greet the students with roses. Some schools have welcomed their students by beating drums and blowing bugles. Some greeted the students by distributing masks and making “aarti” (Hindu tradition of waving lamps to ward off evil spirits).
Chief Minister Bommai said the students attended classes with all the joy and happiness and thanked the government for the decision to reopen the schools. It had been over a year since they took the courses. Through various programs, teachers tried to stay in touch with students throughout these days.
“A decision will be taken after discussion with experts on opening primary schools in the state,” he said.
Minister Nagesh allowed children of migrants and others who could not make it to their respective schools to attend classes in neighboring schools.
“Parents sent their wards with all the happiness,” he said.
Classes IX, X and pre-university of 16,550 high schools, 5,492 PU colleges were opened in 26 districts of the state. Classes will take place between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pre-university schools and colleges remained closed in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Kodagu districts as more Covid cases were reported from here. Classes are scheduled to start from August 30 in these districts.
Authorities in Hassan district have decided to open pre-university colleges in the district from Monday and to open high schools next week.
Schools have made appropriate arrangements limiting the number of students in a classroom to 20-25. Good hygienic toilets and the availability of disinfectants in schools are ensured. Children will also be examined and monitored for symptoms.
Harshini, a teacher, explained that schools would come to life if only children attended. “The joy is the same that parents feel when they have their child at home,” she said.
Chief Minister Bommai visited the government pre-university and high school and Nirmalarani-assisted school in Malleshwaram on Monday with Minister of Education Nagesh and Minister of Higher Education and IT, BT Dr CN Ashwath Narayan. He interacted with the students and warned them about the Covid infection. IANS