Schools, Pre-University Colleges reopen for students in Karnataka

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After a spot of over 9 months, colleges and pre-university schools in Karnataka reopened for students on Friday with strict COVID-19 security norms.

While common lessons started on Friday for class 10 and second 12 months PUC (class 12) students, who can be going through board exams; students from grades 6-9 got here to campuses for the Vidyagama programme, which permits continued education.

Wearing masks, students with consent letters from their mother and father have been seen coming into the lessons after thermal checks and sanitising their fingers at colleges and PU schools throughout the state.

Inside the lessons too, students have been seen seated sustaining social distancing.

According to studies to date, with Friday being the primary day, additionally New Year, not all students attended lessons.

While there was opposition from sure sections about opening colleges and PU schools amidst prevailing pandemic scenario, others together with Education Minister Suresh Kumar have been of the opinion that opening of colleges and schools together with preventive measures have been crucial for students, particularly in rural areas, with on-line training principally not out there and circumstances of them being pressured into labour.

Schools and PU schools have remained closed in the state since March simply forward of the nationwide lockdown was first enforced to fight COVID-19.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa stated the varsity and schools are restarting in the curiosity of academic progress of the students.

“Happy New Year to everyone. In the interest of educational progress of the students, from today class 10 and 12 will start, also Vidyagama will restart for class 6 to 9 students. All the necessary arrangements have been made for the safety of the students. Compulsorily use masks, maintain social distancing, cleanliness and cooperate with the government,” he stated in a tweet.

Anxious mother and father have been seen accompanying their kids to colleges, whereas lecturers have been seen welcoming students and guiding them relating to security protocols that have to be adopted.

Classrooms and premises of colleges and schools have been sanitised forward lessons resuming Friday.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, who visited colleges and PU schools at varied locations, additionally inspected the preparations and interacted with students stated, mother and father needn’t fear as all the mandatory precautionary measures are being strictly adopted.

“There is scene of celebration and joy at school premises…the worry that is there among some parents will not go easily in a day it will be there, so I’m saying two things, those who still have worries send your children to schools once it is resolved, as it is not compulsory, and those sending to schools don’t worry, precautionary measures are in place,” he stated.

“About the worry around the second wave and UK variant, I have spoken to expert committee members, there is no need for worry, it is not more dangerous than the earlier COVID variant, same precautionary measures will hold good and the vaccines that are getting ready will be able to address it,” he added.

Expecting attendance of 40-50 per cent on Friday, the Minister additionally stated we aren’t anticipating good attendance on the primary day itself, as attending lessons aren’t obligatory, additionally (Friday) being a New Year many could need to come to lessons from Monday.

He additionally stated that the division was mulling over organising a vigilance workforce in any respect districts to go to colleges and to verify about precautionary measures and look into shortcomings if any.

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