Bommai pats Education departments for doing groundwork for resumption of Karnataka schools
Taking a line that most worried parents of school children would not agree with in the current Covid-19 scenario, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that with schools reopening, “children have found real freedom”.
He was speaking to reporters after his visit to Government PU College, Malleswaram, on the first day of the reopening of schools in Karnataka on Monday.
The CM said it was a challenge to provide education in the midst of the pandemic’s first and second waves. There have been several experiments like online classes and coaching in school premises. The Primary and Higher Education departments have done a good job in keeping the students constantly engaged, he said.
The state government had announced the opening of schools on the basis of the expert committee report, and the Primary and Higher Education Ministers had worked hard to ensure that all precautions were taken before the reopening of schools, Bommai said.
‘Students are happy’
Students have expressed their ‘happiness’, and teaching and understanding will be better as a one-to-one connection can be established, he said. Network issues can be avoided and a true bonding between students and teachers will happen. Learning is the path to earn knowledge, and an open environment is required to achieve knowledge, the CM added.
The CM said he has advised children to be cautious about their health and to strictly follow Covid norms such as wearing masks, social distancing and sanitizing. All these safety measures will be closely monitored, he said.
Caution on border schools
Schools in border districts will be opened in a phased manner when the Covid positivity rate is less than 2%. Furthermore, a decision regarding opening of primary schools will be taken in consultation with the expert committee.
‘Check students’ health’
The CM also visited Nirmala Rani School at Malleswaram. Speaking on the occasion, he said schools should conduct a health check of students alongside following Covid norms. Supplements must be provided if malnutrition in childen is found, he said.
ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSBommai ರವರು ಇಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ಪದವಿ ಪೂರ್ವ ಕಾಲೇಜಿಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ, ಭೌತಿಕ ತರಗತಿಗಳ ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಕ್ಕೆ ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿದರು.— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) August 23, 2021
ಪ್ರಾಥಮಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರೌಢಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಚಿವ @BCNagesh_bjp, ಉನ್ನತ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಚಿವ @drashwathcn ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.#ಮರಳಿಶಾಲೆಗೆ pic.twitter.com/zHbBSwtLUV
ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ 9, 10ನೇ ತರಗತಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಪದವಿಪೂರ್ವ ತರಗತಿಗಳು ಪುನರಾರಂಭಗೊಂಡ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ @BSBommai ರವರು ಇಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ನಿರ್ಮಲಾರಾಣಿ ಪ್ರೌಢ ಶಾಲೆಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಂವಾದ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.#ಮರಳಿಶಾಲೆಗೆ pic.twitter.com/CpnjkSgT4Z— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) August 23, 2021
Addressing the students, the CM said the 21st century is an era of knowledge. Learning is an eternal process and we are students throughout our lives. If schools give exams after teaching, life puts us through exams first and then teaches lessons. We must learn to think logically and ask ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’. These questions are a ‘mantra’ for success. Students are our future and the New Education Policy has opened a whole lot of opportunities, Bommai said.
BC Nagesh, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, and Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, were present on the occasion.