Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday ordered a three-week mid-term leave for all types of school activities in the state from October 12 to 30 as many teachers contracted the coronavirus.
“I learned from the media that many teachers have contracted the COVID-19 infection, so with the health of teachers and students in mind, I have asked senior officials to issue an order declaring mid-term vacation for three weeks from Oct. 12 to 30, ”Yediyurappa said in a statement.
The Chief Minister noted that in the context of COVID-19 infections, orders have already been issued not to open schools for the moment and to stop the Vidyagama program, which has allowed the continued education of public school students by teachers visiting their surroundings.
The government earlier this month canceled the mid-term vacation, scheduled for October 3 to 26, for state schools for the year 2020-21.
He said the Vidyagama program for public school students and online courses in private schools would continue.
Earlier today, JD (S) chief and former chief minister HD Kumraswamy, in a series of tweets, criticized the state government’s decision to cancel the midterm vacation and asked “if the teachers were day laborers under the dictatorship? Following reports that 34 students and some teachers have tested positive for COVID-19, the state government decided on Saturday to temporarily halt the Vidyagama program.
Amid a heated debate over whether to reopen schools in Karnataka, Yediyurappa on Friday urged parents of children not to heed speculation in this regard and assured them that a decision would only be made after weighing for and against.
Stating that with the health and future of children in mind, a meeting of all leaders of all political parties, experts and senior officials will be held to discuss the pros and cons of reopening schools , he said: “Until then, I ask parents to ignore rumors or speculations on the reopening of schools, and the media to raise awareness in this regard. ”