The Karnataka government has decided to reopen schools for classes 10 and 12 as well as pre-university colleges from January 1, 2021. The decision was taken following a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Recommendations from the state’s Technical Advisory Committee were also taken.
The Vidyagama programme that enables continued schooling for students from classes six to nine will also start from January 1.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yediyurappa said “Everyone unanimously agreed to it… So it has been agreed to start classes 10 and 12 from January 1 and Vidyagama for classes six to nine students.” He added that any decision on reopening schools for students of other classes would be taken after reviewing the situation for 15 days.
The Karnataka SSLC and Karnataka 2 PUC 2021 board exam dates would be taken after schools reopen.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said that the health and safety of students, as well as their academic future, is important – “We are balancing both and taking all necessary care.”
Attending classes is not compulsory – students can continue with online classes and Youtube. Classes would also be telecasted on DD Chandana channel.
SOPs for Karnataka schools reopening have been prepared. The Rural Development and Urban Development departments would ensure sanitising of the government school classrooms. Hostels run by the Social Welfare Department will be opened for the students. A maximum of 15 students would be allowed inside a classroom.
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