Karnataka Schools would reopen from January 1, 2021 for students of classes 10 and 12. The decision taken by the government was today formally shared by the Karnataka Minister for Primary & Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar with the various districts. Class 6 to 9 students from rural areas would resume their continuous learning by means of the Vidyagama programme. Attendance would not be mandatory.
The government had decided on reopening of schools for board classes for the SSLC and PUC students in a high level meeting conducted on December 19. As per the recommendations of the technical committee, the government had decided to make a final call soon. The decision has now been confirmed and the schools would resume from Friday – January 1, 2021.
As many as 5.9 lakh students are enrolled in these two classes in the state in government and other aided schools. The studies of many in the rural area have been impacted by the school closure. With the number of COVID19 infections steadily dropping, the government has decided to go ahead with the plan to reopen schools. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has also given his nod.
In the formal letter sent out to all district in-charges and minister MLA’s/MLCs, the government has asked to ensure all COVID19 guidelines are followed. Detailed SOPs would be shared with the schools including the maximum number of students allowed in the class, proper temperature check and sanitisation routine.
Karnataka Government has shared its willingness to resume classes as the number of cases continue to drop. The state recorded 911 infections on Sunday, December 27, 2020.