Vagisha Kaushik|Oct 18, 2021
Karnataka school reopen: Final decision on offline classes for Classes 1-5 after festival season
Karnataka health minister says decision on reopening schools for students of classes 1-5 after Dussehra
NEW DELHI: Karnataka government will take decision regarding reopening of schools for classes 1 to 5 in the state after the festival season. Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar informed on Sunday after meeting union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
He also said the state government has reopened educational institutions not in a "hurry" but in a phased manner after discussion with parents and experts. First higher education institutions were reopened, then pre-university and later classes 9-12 and classes 6-8, Sudhakar told reporters on Sunday.
"We will take a decision shortly after the festival season. Let the Dussehra vacation get over," he said. As per the PTI report, Sudhakar said that the final call will be taken after consultation and the cabinet's decision.
Asked about a school in Bengaluru being shut after children tested COVID-19 positive, he said the government is aware of it. But that one incident cannot determine whether to reopen schools for classes 1-5, Sudhakar said. "That school is shut now and many children are isolated. Two children had symptoms and they are not in a serious condition. We are keeping a watch on every school in the state," he added.
It has been more than a month that schools were reopened for classes 6-8 in the state and "we have not received any reports of concerns from schools so far", he added. Sudharkar said, "We were to reopen schools for classes 1-5 because medically speaking immunity in children up to 12 years is highest. Since children are small and keeping parents' concern in mind, the government focused on reopening educational institutions in a phased manner, he said.
The Karnataka minister mentioned that the first dose has been administered to over 80 per cent of the entire eligible population of 4.98 crore in the state, while the second dose to 37% so far. In September, the state administered the highest single-month vaccine doses of 1.48 crore, he said. "At the same speed, we will complete the entire eligible population by the end of December 31," added the minister. Sudhakar, however, said there are 10-15% of the population who still have not taken a single dose in the state, and the government is planning an outreach programme to create awareness.
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