Mangaluru, September 20, 2020: Uncertainty continues to loom over resumption of classes at schools for students of class IX and X – and colleges across the state with the health department yet to approve conducting of classes from Monday.
Department of public instruction commissioner KG Jagadeesha said that the decision to resume classes in schools had been left to the discretion of each state. “We submitted a proposal to the health department seeking permission to reopen schools and colleges selectively. But given the recent spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in the state, we are yet to receive any response from the health department. This might mean that the schools might not open from Monday. It will take a few more months for normal operations to resume. But academic activities under the government’s ‘Vidyagama’ initiative will continue,” said Jagadeesha.
Interestingly enough, minister for primary and secondary education S Suresh Kumar had stated that classes would resume from Monday.
District-level DPI officials confirmed that they had not received official intimation on resumption of classes. “We cannot plan unless we receive a circular from the government informing us about the guidelines,” they said.
Furthermore, the department of pre-university education too has not received any official intimation on commencing regular classes. However, a residential college in Dakshina Kannada has already resumed classes, circumventing official channels.
However, high-school teachers and PU lecturers said that most students were keen on returning to the classroom, a sentiment which most parents in the villages shared.
Courtesy: Times of India