High schools, pre-university colleges in Karnataka reopen from today after more than a year

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  • High schools and pre-university colleges in Karnataka are gearing up to welcome students back on campuses from Monday after a gap of nearly 18 months. Whiles classes IX and X will open in schools, pre-university colleges conduct classes equivalent to grades XI and XII. All institutes are required to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.
  • Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government has taken “extreme care” to ensure that classroom learning is carried out safely and preparations have been made accordingly to instil confidence in students and parents.
  • “The government has given special instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been issued to government, aided and private institutions permitting them to resume classes physically. As decided earlier, classes will resume only in districts where the test positivity rate is below 2 per cent,” he said.
  • Top sources in the office of Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh confirmed to The Indian Express that classes will resume in all districts except Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan.
  • “As the government has decided to resume offline classes based on the recommendations by the Covid-19 technical advisory committee, teachers and non-teaching staff at all institutions have been instructed to ensure all related SOPs, issued separately for schools and PU colleges, are followed,” Nagesh said.
  • Meanwhile, some private schools in Bengaluru have carried out surveys to determine how academic sessions can be continued. “In a survey, we asked parents if they would want to send their children for in-person classes, and around 60 per cent said they would opt for physical classes. There is still a significant 40 per cent of parents who would like online classes to continue,” said Sridhar G, founder of Deeksha. Private schools in urban areas are expected to stick to the blended learning format for at least another term.

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