Karnataka: Schools, PU colleges will re-open only in 2021, confirms Yediyurappa2 min read . Updated: 23 Nov 2020, 02:42 PM IST
- Yediyurappa announced that the committee will meet again and take an appropriate decision at the time, with regard to the situation
- 'We shouldn't start SSLC (Class 10) and PUC until then,' he adds
Karnataka government on Monday rescinded its earlier order of re-opening its schools and unanimously decide to "not re-open schools in December". The decision came after extensive deliberations in the wake of rising covid-19 cases in the state.
Earlier, the Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19 recommended to the state government not to reopen schools.
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa later announced that the state committee will meet again and take an appropriate decision at the time, with regard to the situation. "Experts have opined that we shouldn't take any decision till December end," the CM said adding, "We shouldn't start SSLC (Class 10) and PUC until then."
During the meeting held on Sunday, Dr M K Sudarshan, TAC, Chairperson informed the members that the state is considering reopening of the schools very soon. "The TAC in its 40th (October 8) and 49th (November 9) meetings had deliberated extensively on this subject. It was then decided to postpone the re-opening of the schools after reviewing the COVID-19 scenario in the state subsequently. In the meanwhile, from November 17 colleges have been reopened, but the attendance of students is very poor."
From December 1, it is planned to reopen medical and paramedical colleges in the state. However, the impact of reopening of the colleges will be known in the coming days, Sudarshan said.
As the current scenario of COVID-19 in the state is showing a declining trend with around 1,700 cases and 20 deaths reported daily, the committee said that it is important to consolidate this gain that is made after great efforts in the last eight months to contain the disease in the state.
"Besides, the months of December and January due to winter are cold and conducive to the occurrence and spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19. The epidemiological perspective based on state COVID-19 survey done in September is that there may be a spike in COVID-19 cases in the districts with low prevalence," it added.
After taking suggestions from parents, health committee officials and educational experts, the Karnataka government is set to take a decision soon on whether schools should be re-opened in the state.
According to sources, some of the experts and officials have suggested the education department to start offline classes for high school from December.
Karnataka has reported 24,887 active COVID-19 cases, 8,36,505 recoveries and 11,654 fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Monday.