Karnataka schools, colleges to remain open; exams will be offline – Times of India

BENGALURU: With Covid-19 cases steadily rising day after day, the Karnataka government on Monday banned all kinds of protests in the state for the next 15 days, with effect from Tuesday.

The state government, however, ruled out closure of schools and colleges and decided to go ahead with offline exams for Classes1 to 9 and board examinations as well. It also said RT-PCR Covid-negative certificate is mandatory only for travellers from Maharashtra and Kerala, not others.

CM BS Yediyurappa, who reviewed the Covid-19 situation in Bengaluru and major districts with senior ministers and officials, said no gathering in the name of protests and demonstrations will be allowed in the state for a fortnight, and strict measures will be taken to enforce crowd control at marriages and other events.

On Monday, Karnataka reported 2,792 fresh cases.

Covid -ve certificate must only for travellers from Kerala, Maha

With 2,792 fresh cases, the number of active cases increased to 23,849. Sixteen Covid-related deaths were also reported.

Asked about political rallies before by-elections, he said, “we will not allow big gatherings, and strict instructions will be given in this regard too”. According to CMO officials, political rallies — one of which will be attended by the CM on Tuesday — will be restricted to 500 people. “These limitations will be notified by the health department on Tuesday,” an official said.

Though health minister K Sudhakar had sought closure of schools and colleges, sources said education minister S Suresh Kumar insisted that online classes and exams were “impractical” due to the limited reach of internet in the state. “Those recommending online exams and schooling have limited knowledge of how government and BBMP schools are functioning” a senior official quoted Kumar as saying at the meeting.


“We did have a discussion on whether examinations have to be conducted or not, and decided to go ahead as per the calendar of events. However, we will hold another review meeting in the next 2-3 days and take a final call,” Kumar told TOI after the meeting.

On travel restrictions, it was clarified that a Covid negative certificate is mandated only for travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra. “Considering business travellers coming from across the country, a Covid-negative certificate has been mandated only for those coming from Kerala and Maharashtra. Visitors from other states need not secure a Covid-negative certificate if their trip is only for a couple of days of business travel,” said a CMO official.

Citing a surge in cases, the CM appealed to people to stick to Covid safety protocol by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. Yediyurappa said Covid cases are rising in Bengaluru at an alarming rate, which is a cause of concern. “The daily average of cases is around 1,377 and positive cases are 16,921 in the last 14 days,” Yediyurappa said.

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