A sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 clusters in different parts of the region, notably at schools and colleges, has both the education and health departments concerned. While the government is taking a wait-and-see approach, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education indicated on Monday that if the numbers continue to climb, the government will shut schools. The minister emphasized to reporters that the safety of children is a top priority, pointing to the state government’s expected decision in the coming days. Our top priority would be the children’s safety. The minister stressed that if the situation worsens, they are ready to close schools.
But, the minister went on to explain that in such emergency cases, the department is already researching other ways of instruction for children. At this time, there is no need to worry, and parents should not be concerned. In reality, during tests, the minister underlined, they are ready to shut down schools. However, the minister went on to say that in such emergencies situations, the department is already researching other ways of instruction for children. There is now no such worry, and parents do not need to be concerned.
In reality, people follow strict COVID standards during tests since we only allow one student per workstation. In addition, the minister stated that he would personally visit a couple of the schools and has already requested a report. He indicated that they are considering providing a separate recommendation to residential schools.
Meanwhile, in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya cluster in Chikkamagalur’s Koppa taluk, the number of afflicted children has risen to 107. There are 35 students and three school staff members among the 38 verified Covid positive cases.