NEW DELHI: Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Sunday said the decision to reopen schools for classes 1-5 in the state would be taken after the festive season.

He added that the state government has reopened the educational institutions not in a hurry but after periodic discussions with parents and experts.


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Sudhakar told reporters here after meeting Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandabia that first higher education institutions were reopened, then pre-university and later classes 9-12 and 6-8. “We will decide after the festive season. Let the Dussehra holiday end,” he said.

Sudhakar said the final decision would be taken after consultation and cabinet decision.

Asked about the closure of a school in Bangalore after the children tested positive for Covid-1, he said the government was aware of it. But that one incident cannot determine whether schools will reopen for classes 1-5, Sudhakar said.

“That school is now closed and many children are isolated. Two children had symptoms and their condition was not serious. We are monitoring every school in the state,” he said.

It has been more than a month since schools reopened for classes 6-8 in the state and “we have not yet received any concerns from the schools,” he added. “We had to reopen schools for classes 1 to 5 because medical language immunity is highest among children up to 12 years old,” Sudharkar said.

Since the children are small and the concerns of the parents, the government has gradually focused on reopening the educational institutions.

Regarding the reopening of the academy, Sudhakar said, “We did not make a hasty decision. Even now, if we see children facing problems, we will immediately reverse our decision.”

The Karnataka minister noted that more than 80 per cent of the eligible population of the state’s 4.98 crore population has been given more than 80 per cent, while the second dose has so far been 37 per cent.

In September, the state administered the highest single-month vaccine dose of 1.48 crore, he said.

“At the same pace, we will complete the full eligible population by December 1,” he said.

Sudhakar, however, said that “10-15 per cent of the population has not yet taken a single dose in the state” and the government is planning an outreach program to create awareness.

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