Published: 04th November 2020
Karnataka govt yet to take a final call about reopening of schools, says Education Minister Suresh Kumar S
Suresh Kumar has instructed the Commissioner of the Department of Public Instructions to submit a report on the situation of the pandemic across Karnataka within two days to the state government
With a lot of confusion among parents and children about reopening of schools and pre-university colleges, Suresh Kumar S, Primary and Secondary Education Minister has clarified that the government will take a final call only after consulting various stakeholders. The minister, who held a meeting on Wednesday with DDPI officials and other officials of the Education department, addressed the media people personally. He said, "I have instructed the Commissioner of the Department of Public Instruction to submit a report on the situation of the pandemic in various districts across Karnataka within two days to the state government. DDPI will discuss with the taluk level committees, School Development and Monitoring Committees of the health and family welfare department, social welfare department and BBMP and ascertain the situation before they form this report. Similarly, the Commissioner of DDPI office will speak to concerned officials of the government residential schools as well as Ashram schools and make a decision about the same."
He further added, "The private school representatives from Mysuru, Chamrajnagara, Hassan, Kodagu and Mandya also held a meeting about when schools can reopen. Even their opinions will be considered when this report is formed. This report will be submitted to the Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa after two days."
When asked about the situation of schools where floods have occurred, he said, "The Block Education Officers will submit a detailed report on the extent of damage that has happened in these government schools. Based on that, we will be allocating budget to rebuild these schools or recover the damage caused by floods."
The state government especially the education department had come under huge criticism for Vidyagama programme as the students and teachers were tested positive for COVID-19 in Timmapur in Ramdurg Taluk of Belagavi District. In fact, Padmakshi N, a teacher from Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada died due to cardiac arrest last month. She and her husband Shashikanth had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the government had announced that they wanted to cancel the Vidyagama programme for the time being. Currently, class 8, 9 and 10 students are able to watch recorded classes on DD Chandana channel under a programme called Samveda. They are likely to revise all the chapters in the month of November.