Student Safety Is Our Priority ,No decision yet on reopening schools ,says Kar Education Minister
BS Yediyurappa government has informed the Union HRD ministry that it will take a decision on reopening schools only after 1 September.
The Karnataka government has refuted claims that schools are reopening on 1 September. It has clarified that what was said during the HRD ministry meeting on 15 July was an opinion and not the final decision.
As per the report, during the video conference with Central officials on 15 July, representative of the state government and Union territories expressed views on reopening schools.
Karnataka was among those states and Union territories in India which had given an estimated date of reopening to the ministry of Human resources and Development (MHRD).
Kerala had proposed to open schools after 31 August, while Andhra Pradesh gave a tentative date of 5 September. Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, and Maharashtra, however, remained undecided.
However, Kumar, on Sunday, said, “The government’s priority on education during the COVID-19 situation is not the same as usual. Before we reopen schools, we need to ensure the atmosphere is conducive for students. So far, we haven’t decided on reopening schools. Students and their parents need not panic,”
A team of experts from Information Technology and Public Health sectors from India, the UK, US, Brazil and Colombia, who used predictive analysis to understand COVID-19 case data have stated that Karnataka will see 5.06 lakh cases and register 8,987 deaths contributing to close to 20 percent of the total confirmed cases in India, reported Bangalore Mirror.
Meanwhile, in view of the rise in coronavirus cases in the state, the lockdown imposed on Karnataka’s Kalaburagi district has been extended till the midnight of 27 July, reported LiveMint.
As of Sunday, there are 2,743 positive COVID-19 cases in the district, according to the state health department.
The state had reported over sixty thousand cases of COVID-19 and has recorded a total of 1,331 deaths from the virus, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India.