Karnataka Education Minister B.C. Nagesh on Friday said that primary schools in the state would be started after the Dussehra festival as there was a sharp drop in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is also keen to open a primary school, he said. A meeting will be held soon with the expert committee in this regard and it is expected that we will be able to start classes from the next day of Dussehra festival.
He said, by the grace of God, the cases of corona are decreasing in the state. The positivity rate is very low and experts are suggesting that schools can be opened for students of classes 1 to 5.
Nagesh said that many districts of the state are not reporting a single case of Kovid-19.
However, he clarified that the government has not yet made it mandatory for children to attend classes in schools. They will be given the option of online and offline classes, he said. We will not force parents to send their children to schools.
The minister said that the employees of government schools have been instructed to start mid-day meal program from the very next day of Dussehra festival.
The Karnataka government has allowed theaters to operate with 100 per cent audience seating capacity and allowed pubs to function as well. The night curfew has been reduced following the low Covid positivity rate in the state.
Even after Ganesh Utsav, there has been no increase in the number of COVID cases in the state. Experts say that the authorities should remain vigilant during the Navratri festive season and ensure strict adherence to the COVID guidelines till Diwali. The state government has continued with strict restrictions on border posts along the neighboring states of Kerala and Maharashtra.
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