Bengaluru: Allaying the fears of parents and school management about the emergence of new strain of Covid-19, Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar on Monday announced that regular classes for students of Classes 10 and 12 will commence from January 1, 2021.

Addressing the media, Education Minister S Suresh Kumar clarified that there will be no change in the reopening of schools for these grades. “Classes for 10, 12 students will resume from January 1 in Karnataka,” said minister Suresh Kumar.

The state had earlier decided to reopen regular classes for Class 10, second pre-university and Vidyagama programme for government school students from Class 6 to Class 9 from January 1.

Kumar informed that there would be no hard and fast rule to attend the regular classes. Furthermore, he added, “If the parents and students are comfortable with the online classes they can study from home.”

The minister added that his department will abide by the suggestions given by Technical Advisory Committee members.

More details are awaited.