After a spot of over 9 months, faculties and pre-university schools in Karnataka reopened for college kids on Friday with strict COVID-19 security norms.
While common courses started on Friday for sophistication 10 and second-year PUC (class 12) college students, who can be dealing with board exams; college students from grades 6-9 got here to campuses for the Vidyagama programme, which allows continued education.
Wearing masks, college students with consent letters from their mother and father had been seen coming into the courses after thermal checks and sanitising their arms at faculties and PU schools throughout the state.
Inside the courses too, college students had been seen seated sustaining social distancing.
According to reviews thus far, with Friday being the primary day, additionally New Year, not all college students attended courses.
While there was opposition from sure sections about opening faculties and PU schools amidst prevailing pandemic scenario, others together with Education Minister Suresh Kumar had been of the opinion that opening of faculties and schools together with preventive measures had been mandatory for college kids, particularly in rural areas, with on-line training largely not out there and circumstances of them being pressured into labour.
Schools and PU schools have remained closed within the state since March simply forward of the nationwide lockdown was first enforced to fight COVID-19.
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa mentioned the college and schools are restarting within the curiosity of the tutorial progress of the scholars.
“Happy New Year to everyone. In the interest of the educational progress of the students, from today classes 10 and 12 will start, also Vidyagama will restart for class 6 to 9 students. All the necessary arrangements have been made for the safety of the students. Compulsorily use masks, maintain social distancing, cleanliness, and cooperate with the government,” he mentioned in a tweet.
Anxious mother and father had been seen accompanying their youngsters to varsities, whereas lecturers had been seen welcoming college students and guiding them relating to security protocols that have to be adopted.
Classrooms and premises of faculties and schools had been sanitised forward of courses resuming Friday.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, who visited faculties and PU schools at numerous locations, additionally inspected the preparations and interacted with college students mentioned, mother and father needn’t fear as all the mandatory precautionary measures are being strictly adopted.
“There is the scene of celebration and joy at school premises…the worry that is there among some parents will not go easily in a day it will be there, so I’m saying two things, those who still have worries send your children to schools once it is resolved, as it is not compulsory, and those sending to schools don’t worry, precautionary measures are in place,” he mentioned.
“About the worry around the second wave and UK variant, I have spoken to expert committee members, there is no need for worry, it is not more dangerous than the earlier COVID variant, same precautionary measures will hold good and the vaccines that are getting ready will be able to address it,” he added.
Expecting attendance of 40-50 per cent on Friday, the Minister additionally mentioned we aren’t anticipating good attendance on the primary day itself, as attending courses usually are not obligatory, additionally (Friday) being a New Year many might wish to come to courses from Monday.
He additionally mentioned that the division was mulling over establishing a vigilance workforce in any respect districts to go to faculties and to examine about precautionary measures and look into shortcomings if any.