Bengaluru: Amid the rising coronavirus scare within the country, Karnataka primary and secondary education minister Suresh Kumar on Thursday announced that schools in Bengaluru urban and rural areas will have a longer summer vacation this year. 

The vacation for classes from LKG to VI (sixth) standard will commence from Friday till schools reopen in June, while students from VII-IX (7-9) standard will have study holidays until their examinations commence. The examination will be held as per schedule by the respective schools. Their summer vacation will commence once their examinations are done. 

Class X students will have their examinations according to the dates scheduled earlier.   

“Let us not treat this as a panic reaction or something to cause a scare. This measure is taken as a precaution. A lot of parents were worried about their children. We have already announced the closure of schools from nursery to class VI. Now, we are declaring official holidays upto class VI. Students from class I to class VI will all be promoted based on their formative assessment,” said Kumar adding, “no student will be detained in those classes”.

With respect to class seven, eight and nine, the schools will be closed for study holidays and students will have to return to write their examinations. “We will not interfere in the examination schedules of CBSE and ICSC schools. However, state syllabus schools must finish their examinations before March 23,” public instruction commissioner KG Jagadeesh said. Just a couple of papers of the PU examinations are left after which their holidays will begin.

Class X (SSLC) exams will be held as per schedule 

Meanwhile, amid the deadly virus outbreak, few miscreants have been spreading rumours that SSLC examination dates have been changed. However, Karnataka secondary education examination board director V Sumangala said the examinations will be held from March 27 to April 9 as scheduled earlier.