New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: After almost 10 months of closure, schools for classes 6th to 8th will resume in Karnataka from February 22, Karnataka Education Minister Suryanarayana Suresh Kumar said on Tuesday. The minister, however, said that for the schools in Bengaluru district and near the Kerala border, only class 8th students are allowed to attend physical classes in schools. 

Suryanarayana Suresh Kumar further said that the students coming to schools from Karnataka-Kerala border will have to produce a COVID-19 negative certificate to attend classes from February 22. 

"Classes for students of std 6-8 to start from Feb 22nd. For schools in Bengaluru district & Kerala border areas, classes for std 8th only will be allowed. Students coming from Kerala will have to produce COVID negative certificate to attend classes", Karnataka Education Minister said."

"Due to lack of regular schooling, students have suffered, so we raised this issue with the technical advisory committee, but because of the sudden spike in cases of infection in Bengaluru and the rise in infections in bordering Kerala state, they have advised us to start regular classes only for classes of 6 to 10," 

Regular classes for students of class 9th resumed from February 1 in Karnataka following the reduction in COVID-19-induced restrictions and decline in new cases across the southern state.  A new SOP for schools to follow will also be issued within a day or two. 

The Karnataka Education Department is yet to decide on the reopening of schools for classes 1st to 5th across the state. The technical advisory committee will meet again next week to take a decision on the commencement of school for primary classes. It, however, directed the school administrations to sanitise classes and maintain hygiene and adhere to social distancing protocols inside schools premises to contain the spread of the virus. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan