Karnataka schools reopen today, govt expects 50% attendance | Bengaluru News – Times of India
“Send your children to school boldly. It will be another home for children. Just like you take care of them at home, we will take care of them in schools,” primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar appealed to parents on Thursday.
The minister said they advanced the restart date from January 4 to January 1 and expected at least 50% attendance on the first day. “The teachers and SDMCs are happily waiting to welcome children — with rangoli, flowers and a band set in some cases,” he said.
“I’ve asked teachers to speak to children on the first day. They are coming back after several months. They should be taught about Covid protocol. This is not a prestige issue for the government, it’s our commitment. Just the way we conducted SSLC and PUC exams, we are now seeking cooperation of all departments — health, transport, rural development and municipal corporations — to reopen schools,” he said.
Decision on reopening class 11 and 9 will be taken by Jan 15, says minister
Students are eager to return to campus. For instance, Vijay Kumar C, a class 10 student of Government High School, Kalkere, east Bengaluru, told TOI: “It was so boring all these months. Online classes were happening, but not interesting. One person will raise hand and speak, while the rest of us just watch.”
Apprehensions are aplenty, though. “The concern about the new strain has some schools worried. We will have to wait and watch the attendance rate,” said D Sashi Kumar, secretary, Karnataka Association of Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools.
Parents are a worried lot
Parents, too, are concerned. “Transportation becomes an issue as both of us in the family are working. We cannot pick and drop our daughter every day and public transport is not safe,” said a parent in south Bengaluru.
That private schools have asked parents to take responsibility for the safety of the children has caused resentment among parents.
The minister said a decision on reopening of class 11 and 9 will be taken by January 15, after closely monitoring the situation and depending upon the advice of the Technical Advisory Committee.