Bengaluru: S Suresh Kumar, the minister for Primary and Secondary Education in Karnataka has stated that a decision to reopen schools in Karnataka has not yet been made.

The decision to open schools will be taken after October 10 based on the health of students and parents' concern and in consultation with stakeholders in the field of education.

"In Karnataka, we haven't decided on which date schools can be reopened. We are in the process of consultation with stakeholders in the education field. Our decision will be based on students' health and parents' concern," the minister said while talking to the media.

On September 20, the state government prohibited Class 9 to 12 students from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to a statement issued by the government, the students were earlier allowed by the education department after the number of COVID-19 cases in the state had come down.

However, as the pandemic continues to rage the state, the state government felt it was not safe to call students to colleges or schools to meet teachers, it had said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on September 30 issued new guidelines for reopening of more activities in areas outside the containment zones, and under it had given state governments the flexibility to take a decision regarding reopening schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutions, after October 15, in a graded manner.