The Karnataka government has decided to reopen the schools and PU colleges that have remained closed due to the pandemic, from January 1, 2021. The classes will be for the students of classes 10th and 2nd PUC. This decision was taken after taking into account the fact that these students will be facing their board exams soon.
The government has also decided to restart the Vidyagama programme, which enables the education for students from classes 6 to 9, that had to be paused due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The students from class 6 to 9 will have to produce a consent letter from the parents to attend classes. He also added that the decision on reopening the schools for the rest of the classes will be taken after reviewing the situation for 15 days.
The decisions on reopening schools and PU colleges were taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. The advice given by the state’s Technical Advisory Committee for COVID-19 was also discussed at the meeting.
Students with symptoms of the virus are not required to attend class. Only half day school will be allowed with a limit of maximum 20 students in every class. The provision for mid-day meals will not be continued but food kits will be supplied to the homes of students.
The Degree and engineering colleges in the state were opened on November 17.