Karnataka schools, II PUC colleges to reopen from January 1 – Times of India
This decision was taken following a recommendation by the state’s technical advisory committee for Covid-19. “Since both SSLC and II PU students will have board exams, we thought it right to start classes for them,” said primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar.
The government has left it to the discretion of parents to decide on sending their wards to schools. Parents should give written permission, besides certifying about their health.
“Attending classes at schools is not mandatory for students. Either they can choose to come to school or continue with ongoing online classes whichever they feel is better. But the government will tell parents that offline classes are always a better option than online classes,” said Suresh Kumar. As far as opening classes for other classes, he said the government will take a call after analysing the situation after 15 days.
The government will also decide to reopen hostels run by the social welfare and backward classes departments. However, these students must get themselves tested for Covid-19 72 hours prior to admission and submit the negative report.
Only 15 kids allowed in each class
Suresh Kumar said all government schools and hostels will be sanitised before January 1. “We have entrusted this responsibility to the rural development and urban development departments,” he said. In each class, only 15 students will be allowed to ensure social distancing.
The minister said the government will soon issue standard operating procedures for all schools. He added that Covid-19 tests will be done on only those students with symptoms like cough, cold and fever. But face masks will be mandatory for all students.
Reduced syllabus soon
Kumar said the revised school syllabus, cut in view of the pandemic, will be released shortly. The department of public instruction had decided to reduce the curriculum by 30% as the academic year was cut short. He said the revised syllabus has been sent to the government for approval.
Earlier, it was decided to drop chapters on Sangoli Rayanna, Kittur Chennamma, Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed, Tipu Sultan and others in social sciences textbooks of classes 6 and 7. He reiterated the decision to delete these chapters has been reversed and they will be part of the revised syllabus.