BENGALURU: Karnataka on Tuesday determined to begin common lessons for grades 6 to eight from February 22. Nonetheless, this won’t be relevant to areas across the Karnataka-Kerala border and in Bengaluru metropolis the place Covid-19 circumstances are being reported in giant numbers, Schooling Minister S. Suresh Kumar mentioned right here.

This determination was taken after a gathering with the Technical Advisory Committee for the Covid-19 pandemic on Tuesday. Faculties and schools have remained shut since March 25, 2020, and college students had been attending lessons on-line since July.

Kumar informed reporters that lessons for faculties in Bengaluru and in areas bordering Kerala will likely be held from grade VIII as there’s a concern of a second wave because of the resurgence of the virus in Kerala.

“Two condo complexes and a nursing faculty had a lot of circumstances in Bengaluru, due to this fact, we’ve determined to not reopen faculties in these areas,” he defined.

College students coming from Kerala and Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar districts should carry a detrimental Covid-19 take a look at certificates that isn’t older than 72 hours. “This has now been prolonged to college students in Bengaluru as properly, and likewise applies to college students residing in hostels in Karnataka,” he mentioned.

In line with the minister, lecturers and college students coming from Kerala must endure a take a look at for Covid-19 and after a detrimental report, can attend offline lessons. “Already, the state had launched Vidyagama for grades 6 to eight, which will likely be transformed to common lessons from subsequent Monday (February 22) onwards,” he mentioned.

He added {that a} assembly has been convened of all district directors by way of video conferencing on Wednesday to debate monitoring the measures to be taken for the reopening of faculties.

At current, the federal government has begun common lessons for grades eight to 12.

Answering a query, the minister mentioned that the state authorities has determined to start the tutorial 12 months for 2021-22 from July 15 as a substitute of April/Could.

On reopening faculties for lessons 1 to five, Kumar mentioned that the training division will meet the TAC on February 25 to debate the difficulty.

“There are two evaluation stories coming to the division by then – virulence of the brand new wave of the virus will likely be recognized and the survey report (of dropouts) will likely be out. Primarily based on these stories, we’ll focus on additional,” he mentioned.

The minister mentioned that he was conscious that there was a powerful demand to begin lessons from grade one throughout the state, by dad and mom, SDMC members and educationists, however the authorities will likely be taking choices based mostly on the TAC’s suggestions.


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