With schools reopening from January 1 in Karnataka, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education S Suresh Kumar visited some institutions here on Wednesday and reviewed their readiness to teach classes that adhere to COVID-19 guidelines.
The minister inspected the arrangements in the classrooms and spoke with principals, principals, lecturers and teachers, instructing them to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus once classes resume, official sources said.
He also advised staff to sensitize students to the importance of passing SSLC and PU high school classes with high marks, they said.
The state is preparing for the reopening of pre-university (upper secondary) schools and colleges, which have been closed since March due to COVID-19, after the government decided on December 19 to resume regular classes for the Class X year and PU-II (class 12) students as of January 1.
It has also planned to hold regular classes for the PU-I year starting on January 15 and launch the Vidyagama program for students in classes six through nine in public schools, bringing education to its doorstep.
Under this program, a teacher will teach a small group of students in a convenient location for them to meet and study in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Some sectors have opposed the government’s decision to reopen schools, including ruling BJP MLC AH Vishwanath, a former education minister, who said children should not be at risk in times of pandemic.
However, Kumar has defended the measure, saying that the problem related to the future of children.
As of Tuesday, the total coronavirus cases in the state rose to 9,17,571 and active cases stood at 11,861. Seven people who returned from the UK tested positive for the mutated strain of the virus in the state.