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Karnataka to reopen schools for classes 1-5 soon, announcement in 2 days: CM Basavaraj Bommai

Speaking to reporters here, he said the decision would be announced in two days based on expert technical committee’s advice.  

Karnataka to reopen schools for classes 1-5 soon, announcement in 2 days: CM Basavaraj Bommai-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Oct 18, 2021, 5:12 PM IST
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Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday announced that schools will reopen for students of classes 1 to 5 in the state after discussions with the expert technical committee.

Addressing reporters at Honnali, Bommai said, “Already the expert's committee has based on the given the report, we will issue the order. Regarding, from when (to start the classes) and all those details, the Chief Secretary will hold a meeting with the education department.”

Speaking to reporters here, he said the decision would be announced in two days based on the expert technical committee’s advice.  

With the reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka, the government had reopened schools for students of classes 6 to 8 from September 6, and for students of classes 9 to 12 from August 23.

Also read: CBSE to release Class 10th, 12th Datesheet 2022: Term 1 timings, where to check

Earlier in the day, Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh said the Karnataka government is ready to reopen the lower primary classes and the date will be fixed based on the recommendations of Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC).

"If they say from October 21, we will start; if they say a week later, we will start a week later." Noting that the government wants to start classes from one to five in one go, he said, "but our plan is to have half-a-day classes during the initial one week or so, and thereafter full day classes, once students get used to it," he said as quoted by PTI.

According to sources, the TAC was looking at reopening classes on October 25, while a few education officials prefer a post-Diwali restart. The Dasara vacation ends on October 20, and mid-day meals at schools will resume from October 21.

However, the Minister said no decision has been taken regarding reopening schools for LKG (Lower Kindergarten) and UKG (Upper Kindergarten) children, PTI reported. 

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