Karnataka government mulls vaccinating II PU students before examination
The Karnataka government has decided to examine the possibility of administering Covid-19 vaccines on second pre-university (II PU equivalent to Class 12) students before conducting board examinations later this year.
The Department of Primary and Secondary Education will examine the possibility of vaccinating second pre-university (II PU) students before conducting the examinations. However, this may pose a challenge as most II PU students are 17 years old, and the vaccine is available only for those who are above the age of 18.
According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, a decision will be taken after further discussions with more health experts, officials, and the minister. "We have been recommended to do so by some experts. A final call will be taken after discussing with Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar," Kumar said.
The department has postponed the examinations, which were scheduled to begin on May 24, due to the rise in Covid-19 cases during the second wave. No decision has been taken regarding the revised examination schedule or how the examinations would be conducted.
Meanwhile, Kumar consulted various MLCs elected from graduate constituencies and teachers’ constituencies to deliberate upon what help can be extended to private school teachers who have lost their jobs or faced salary cuts. “We have chalked out a budget of how much money we can get from different departments. We will discuss this with the Chief Minister and then take a final call on this matter,” he said.
In another development, Students and working professionals travelling overseas will be vaccinated on priority from Tuesday (June 1) in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government has announced.
"The vaccination programme for students going to foreign countries to pursue their studies and those who need to travel to get employed in other countries will be launched on June 1 at 3 pm in the administrative block of the Bengaluru City University," Narayan, who heads the Covid-19 Task Force, Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said.
Also, the head of the state Covid-19 ministerial task force, Ashwathnarayan added that similar arrangements would be made for such groups in other districts as well.
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