The Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa, clarified that schools and colleges in the state would remain open. Amidst the rising COVID-19 cases and speculations of the educational institutes getting shut, the Chief Minister’s announcement cleared the air. The Chief Minister went on to say that there won’t be any lockdowns in the state.
Going by several media reports, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, in a meeting with the Health Minister K Sudhakar, Revenue Minister R Ashoka, and Education Minister Suresh Kumar, discussed the situation of the pandemic. The decision to keep the schools and colleges open was taken considering the situation and the guidelines along with the students’ study loss.
The Government of Karnataka has reopened schools and are conducting offline class for standard 6 and upwards. However, for standards 1 to 5, the classes are being conducted online. The Education Minister of the State, S. Suresh Kumar, has instructed to take strict actions against schools that do not follow the guidelines and conduct offline classes even for the junior section. Earlier, the state government announced that they are planning to start the next school academic year from 15 July 2021. However, the final decision will be taken after considering the COVID-19 situation in the state.