The Associated Managements of Private Schools in Karnataka has urged the state government not to delay the commencement of classes in schools for the upcoming academic year.
In a letter written to the minister of primary and secondary education, BC Nagesh, the school managements association has urged the schools to commence classes as scheduled on May 16, 2022.
Parents of several schools have said that they have received unofficial communications from schools indicating a possible delay in commencement of in-person classes.
Some schools, particularly in the North Karnataka districts which are reeling under temperatures ranging over 40 degrees are considering a delayed reopening awaiting a slight dip in the mercury levels. The state’s disaster management authority has also recommended a change in school timings should the temperatures remain the same.
Yet another concern has been that of the onset of the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the emergence of the new variant of the Virus, experts have estimated a surge in cases to peak around May-June, setting off another wave.
Private schools have asked the state government to be mindful of the learning loss that children have faced during the first two waves of the pandemic when lockdowns were enforced and schools ordered shut.
KAMS has also asked the state government to focus on offering remedial education to students to make up for the loss and mitigate the effects of the pandemic induced closure of schools.