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Karnataka mulling reopening schools for Classes 1-5: Education Minister BC Nagesh


New Delhi: As the COVID-19 situation improves, the Karnataka government is considering reopening primary schools.

Karnataka Education Minister B.C. Nagesh said on Saturday (September 11) that a decision on the opening of schools for grades 1 to 5 will be made after consultations with the coronavirus technical experts committee.

“We’ll be meeting with the expert committee soon. After their approval, the matter will be discussed and a decision will be made “According to IANS, the minister said.

On August 23, the state government reopened schools for grades 9 through 12. Previously, students in grades 6-8 were permitted to attend school on alternate days beginning September 6 in areas with a test positivity rate of less than 2%. The decision to reopen Classes 6-8 schools was made at a meeting with a technical advisory committee and a group of ministers presided over by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

For some time, the state’s Recognised Unaided Private Schools Association (RUPSA) has been requesting that the government reopen primary schools.

RUPSA President Halanuru S Lepaksha has warned the state government that if primary schools are not reopened, protests will be held.

Karnataka recorded 967 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the total to 29,60,131. The death toll reached 37,472 with 10 fatalities.

(With agency inputs)

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