Karnataka private schools seek fresh SOP to hold Vidyagama classes – Times of India


BENGALURU: While welcoming the government’s decision to allow private schools to also conduct Vidyagama classes, managements said the government must release separate SOPs for them to follow.

The government said it will relaunch Vidyagama, the continuous learning programme, from January 1 in all schools across the state with all safety precautions in place. A circular was issued by the commissioner of public instruction in this regard.

“In its present form, Vidyagama can only be implemented by a few private schools,” said D Shashi Kumar, secretary, Association of Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka. “A big number of schools have issues with the current proposals, especially with regard to transportation. With a shift system, how can students travel to schools at noon? Moreover, in schools with a huge number of students, it’s again not feasible. The current plan suits only government schools.”

The association says it had submitted plan A, B and C to the government and a separate line of action has to be worked out for private schools to implement the programme. Some proposals made by schools include a mixture of classes on alternate days, shifts and online classes.

Mansoor Ali Khan, secretary, Managements of Independent CBSE Schools Association (MICSA), said most CBSE schools in Bengaluru are likely to continue only with online classes. “Our students and teachers have adjusted to the online system,” Khan said. “Many schools do not have the manpower to manage both online and physical classes.”

Some schools say they do not expect students to come to campuses even if Vidyagama is initiated. “Many parents are scared to send their children out without a vaccine,” said Srinivasa V, principal of Basaveshwara Educational Institute, Mysuru Road. “Also, many parents believe students will be promoted even without exams this year. So, they do not want to send their child to school and pay fees. They think they can do without it.”

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CA Ramesh of Suma Public School,bal,, said: “All day will be spent picking up and dropping children. Also the chances of infection will increase since we have students from all areas, unlike government schools where children are mostly from the same neighbourhood.”

Natesh Kumar MN of Gurukula International School, pointed out that it’s impossible for even state-run schools to follow SOPs to a T. “How will the government pay for sanitisation or procure thermometers for 40,000 schools?” he said. “It is impossible to start by January 1. If the government follows SOPs to a T, then we will follow too.”





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