The Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa appealed to the people not to pay attention to the speculation regarding the reopening of schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yediyurappa said in an official statement that debate has happened in favor of and against the schools reopening. The State CM also witnessed the debate on the topic in the media regarding the same.
Apart from this, the political leaders in the state also expressed their perceptions, said the CM. The State CM further added that before reopening the schools, some meetings will be organized to discuss the pros and cons with the political leaders, senior authorities, and experts to make a precise decision. In the statement, Yediyurappa said, ‘Till then, I appeal to the parents not to heed to the speculations regarding the opening of schools and I appeal to the media to spread awareness about it.’
Previously, S. Suresh Kumar, the Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister also confirmed that there was no rush to begin the schools. He said in a Facebook post that neither the Government nor the Department of Education is in a hurry to open schools under any circumstances. The post further reads, ‘The health and safety of our children is very important to us.’
He made this comment against the context of two former chief ministers HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah. The former CMs asked the Government not to reopen the schools amid the increase of coronavirus cases across the state. The education minister said that the state government shouldn’t be stubborn on the matter or change its mind due to the immense pressure from some people who consider money over the lives of students and parents. He further said, ‘I will speak to the Chief Minister personally and request him not to budge to any pressure.’
Siddharamaiah wrote a letter to the state education minister. In the letter, he wrote ‘I suggest that all the students should be promoted to next class in this academic year, and schools can be reopened after consulting everyone once the situation comes under control.’ He further advised the government to render adequate facilities for conducting online classes to all the students across the state. As per the latest Unlock guidelines, the Center has allowed the State Government to decide on reopening the schools and other educational institutions from 15th October 2020. This directive has generated some anxiety among parents and opposition leaders.
Kumar said that the Government will take its subsequent move considering the interest of the students. The next decision will be taken by the Government upon consulting the students across the state, said the education minister. For more latest educational news such as the exams, results, and more, just stay tuned to this website.