Karnataka CM Announces 3-Week ‘Midterm Holiday’ for Schools

The Chief Minister of Karnataka, B. S. Yediyurappa announced a 3-week ‘mid-term holiday’ for carrying out all types of school activities in the state. The CM also mentioned instances of all teachers and students catching the infection as the complete tally endures to enhance daily in the state. The state CM issued an order regarding the same.

He said, ‘I have come to know through media reports that several teachers have been infected with COVID-19. Therefore, officials gave been directed to issue an order to declare a three-week-long mid-term holiday in the best interest of the health of students and teachers.’

The latest directive is a great relief to various Government school teachers who were asked to report for duties to make sure participation in the ‘Vidyagama’ programme. As part of the programme, they were asked to meet candidates at playgrounds or temples near the children’s homes to engage them in academic activities. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all the schools across the state remained closed.

The initiative from the government to endure the programme had drawn criticism from several people including the former Chief Ministers Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah. A total of 34 students attending classes under the programme in Belagavi and Kalaburagi districts in North Karnataka tested positive for coronavirus.

This issue led to the Primary and Secondary Education Department ordering a ‘temporary suspension’ of the programme. On Sunday, HD Kumaraswamy, the Janata Dal [Secular] leader had criticized the government’s move to cancel the midterm holidays. He posted a tweet on the official Twitter handle that reads, ‘Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, teachers from government and private schools are going to schools to work. Government school teachers continue to work. The government has ill-treated teachers by suspending their midterm holidays.’

Kumaraswamy posted a series of tweets. He said, ‘While students aren’t coming to schools due to Covid-19, teachers are directed to attend school for other works. What is the government trying to achieve?’ The state CM dedicated Dasara wishes in advance to all the teachers and students and announced holidays till 30th October 2020.

On the other hand, the total number of COVID-19 cases had reached 7 lakh mark. As of 10th October 2020, more than 1.2 lakh active COVID-19 cases were reported in the state. As per the statistics issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, about 9891 people have deceased due to the infection in the last 7 months. For more educational updates such as the exams, results, and more, just stay tuned to this website.

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