The Karnataka government on Saturday decided to suspend the ‘Vidyagama’ programme temporarily following reports that 34 students tested positive for the Covid-19.
‘Vidyagama’ is a scheme launched by the department of Primary and Secondary Education Department to reach out to students of the government schools during the pandemic following the uncertainty over reopening of schools due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the State.
Minister for Primary Education S Suresh Kumar said that direction was given to the Principal Secretary to temporarily withhold the scheme.
The decision came a day after the reports said that 34 students in Belagavi district tested positive for Covid-19. In his first reaction, the Minister had said that a report has been sought from officials to assess the risk of the students participating in the ‘Vidyagama’ scheme across the state.
“We will get reports from across the state to know whether the children were tested positive because of the teachers. Ultimately the health and safety of our children and teachers is important and no programme is more important than the health of children and teachers. We will take a decision about the Vidyagama programme based on the report from each district.” (Agency)