Soon schools for class 1-5 would be reopened: Minister Suresh Kumar

He said that the decision would be taken after consulting health experts

ALMATTI; 23 Jan:  Admitting that the demand for reopening schools has been growing intense, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, Suresh Kumar said that shortly, the decision to reopen schools would be taken by consulting the medical experts and education department.

Addressing presspersons during his visit to Almatti on Saturday, he said that at present, SSLC and PUC classes have been opened only for half day, however they would soon be allowed to function for full day.

Regretting that owing to closure of schools due to Covid pandemic, the number of school dropouts and child labours has increased in the State, he said that effort would be made to bring the students back to schools.

He said that after reopening of SSLC and PUC, the attendance of the students has risen to 70% mainly in rural areas.

“ Since the students of urban areas are getting facility of online classes, they are in touch with their syllabus, but the same is not the case with their rural counterparts. Since the offline classes have opened for the students, we see good turnout of students in rural areas”, the Minister said.

He said that in the interest of students, the syllabus has been reduced to by 30 % for SSLC students and exams for SSLC would be held in June end and PUC exam in May end. The academic year for 2021-22 would being from July 1.

He said that the proposal would be submitted to the Finance Department for opening of BEO offices in newly carved taluks of the State and provide financial allocation for it in the coming budget.

“ Finance Department’s approval would also be sought for appointment of the staff in aided institutions where the staff have either retired or died”, the Minister said.

With regard to the stay given by the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT) to new transfer policy, the Minister made it clear that the stay has not been given to the entire policy but only to a certain section of the policy.

“ However the government is holding discussion with the Advocate General to get the stay vacated as early as possible”, he said.

On the allegations that without the government permission, some of the schools of class 1 and 5 have started operating, he said that direction has been issued to officials to take action against such school authorities.

DDPI, S. Y. Hosur, BEO,  Basavaraj Talwar and others were present.Attachments area

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