Karnataka School Reopening News: Class 1-5 reopens today; private schools in Bengaluru to wait till Deepavali | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: While government schools are gearing up for reopening of primary classes on Monday after a gap of nearly one and a half years, several private schools in Bengaluru will not hold physical classes for Grade 1-5 students for now.
Parents of children from premier schools are apprehensive about sending children to school, according to managements. Several other schools have decided to resume only after Deepavali as a series of holidays are due next week.
“Parents want to send children only after vaccines. While classes 10-12 have responded positively, parents of lower-grade children do not want to send their wards at all. We cannot manage both online and offline classes because we do not have so much staff. We will continue to offer only online class for some more months,” said Mansoor Ali Khan, board of members of Delhi Public Schools.
Many schools in the city echoed the argument.
Covid norms: Some schools have to make preparations
They are not running physical classes for higher grades and students are required to come to campus only for exams. For others, there are preparations to be done because of the Covid protocol.
In government schools, not all primary class students find their institution in the best of shape. With high enrolment in the past two years, and continuous non-use of the facilities, many schools are scrambling for infrastructure.
Admissions soared in many government schools as parents struggled financially due to the pandemic and could not pay fees in the private schools.
“Most budget schools (along with government ones) will reopen primary grades on Monday. The senior classes are going on smoothly. However, the attendance might be as less as 10%-20%. More importantly, admissions have not taken place for grades 1 and 2,” said D Shashi Kumar, secretary, Association of Primary and Secondary Schools of Karnataka.
‘Need to rehire teachers’
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“We need to rehire teachers, rework timetables and finances to match additional costs, increase tech infrastructure to manage online and offline classes for those parents unwilling to send to school and those who are not in station as they have relocated. The biggest challenge is in accommodating the strength with the same infrastructure as before. If we could accommodate 30 students in a class, we can now have only 15. This is challenging as we will require more staff. There is a lot of planning work before we restart. We would probably look at reopening for primary grades after Deepavali,” said Jayant Gauri of Raintree chain of schools.





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