Only Class 8 to commence in Bengaluru and some Kerala-Karnataka border areas
Govt to take call next week on reopening Class 1 and above
In a major announcement on Tuesday, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said classes for Class 6, 7 and 8 will commence in the state from February 22.
The Minister, who chaired a meeting of the Education Department’s internal advisory committee, later announced that students from neighbouring Kerala studying in schools in Karnataka’s border districts would have to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test and only negative report-holders would be allowed to attend classes.
Kumar said offline classes for Class 8 and above would begin in Bengaluru and other areas bordering Kerala.
Tests for Kerala students
“Students and teachers coming from Kerala have to undergo an RT-PCR test and will be allowed if they have a negative report. Offline classes will begin from grades 6-8 from February 22 in the rest of Karnataka (except Bengaluru Urban). Regular offline classes have already begun for grades nine to IIPU,” Kumar said.
He stressed that attendance is not mandatory but students can attend classes voluntarily. Schools are free to conduct online as well as offline classes, and random testing of school children and teachers would be conducted, he added.
Kumar said the government would take a call on reopening classes from Class 1 to 6. “A meeting will be held next week and a decision will be announced,” he said.
Schools open in other states
- Delhi — Class 9 and above
- Kerala — Class 10 and above
- Haryana — Class 6 and above
- Maharashtra — Class 5 and above
- Punjab — Class 1 and above