Karnataka Minister warns of action against schools for COVID guideline violation

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S. Suresh Kumar

Karnataka’s Education Minister, S. Suresh Kumar, called on Monday for cracking down on schools offering standard 1-5 courses offline after violating the government’s COVID guidelines.

It came after the state government issued an advisory in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that did not grant permission to schools to teach physical education classes for Standards 1-5. Kumar warned the authorities.

With the approval of the Covid-19 State Technical Advisory Committee of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has been authorized to start classes beyond the sixth standard.

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However, various media reports have revealed that some private schools across the state have grades ranging from 1st to 5th standard.

Kumar ordered public education officials to take action against these schools.

Kumar also directed officials and department superintendents to immediately issue a circular on establishing inspection teams at the Taluka level and prosecute unauthorized schools / institutes that teach classes for standard grades 1-5.

Meanwhile, Karnataka is one of eight states experiencing new cases every day, the Union Health Ministry said.

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