Karnataka colleges not to close, offline classes to continue

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The government of Karnataka has decided to not shut down the educational institutes in the states and conduct regular offline classes in colleges after reviewing the current Covid-19 situation, said Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan on Tuesday.

The number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka was on the rise and several educational institutes had decided to conduct their class offline. Due to the approaching exams for college students, the government has decided to continue with offline classes. The semester exams will also be conducted as per the official timetable of the university.

“We discussed the possible impact of the second wave of Covid-19 on the academic activities. The same would be communicated to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa,” he said in a statement, without elaborating, as per PTI reports.

After chairing a meeting to assess the Covid-19 situation in view of the recent spurt in fresh cases in the state, Mr. Narayan, who holds the higher education portfolio, said it was decided offline classes will continue with strict implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Covid-19.

Karnataka educational institutes reopening

Regular classes in colleges in the state had resumed for final year students in Karnataka in November last year after the institutions remained shut for eight months due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the country and the nationwide lockdown.

Karnataka is witnessing a steady rise in fresh Covid-19 cases of late with the daily infections crossing the 2,000 mark on Tuesday after a gap of over three months, due to which many parents are wary of sending their wards to institutes for offline classes.

The government of Karnataka had also recently decided to crack the whip against schools that have resume offline classes for students of classes 1 to 5 amid the rise in Covid-19 cases. The government has plans to take strict action against these schools.

Students who are attending offline classes in colleges have been asked to follow the Covid-19 SOPs strictly. All students are required to wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing at all times. The common areas and classrooms will also be regularly sanitised.

Source: India Today

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