Bengaluru: While many parents feared that schools and colleges would soon open in Karnataka, the Chief Minister has announced a three-week holiday for teachers.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday has ordered a three-week mid-term holiday for all types of school activities in the state from October 12 to 30 in the wake of many teachers having contracted COVID-10.

In a statement to the media the Chief Minister stated “I have come to know through the media about many teachers contracting COVID-19 infection, so keeping in mind the health of teachers and students, I have directed senior officials to issue an order declaring mid-term holiday for three weeks from October 12 to 30”.

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The Chief Minister has mentioned that in the backdrop of COVID-19 infections, orders have already been issued not to open schools for the time being and to halt the Vidyagama programme, which enabled continued schooling to government school students by teachers visiting their neighbourhoods.

The government had earlier this month cancelled mid- term holidays, scheduled between October 3 to 26, for schools in the state for the year 2020-21.

It had said that the Vidyagama programme for government school students and online classes in private schools would continue.

In the wake of reports that 34 students and some teachers tested positive for the COVID-19, the state government on Saturday had decided to halt the Vidyagama programme temporarily.