Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, schools have shutdown paving way to online classes. It has become mandatory for every student to attend the online session regardless of the class they are in. For which the Karnataka Government has banned online classes conducted by schools throughout the state.
Some schools in Karnataka have been holding live virtual classes for grades 1 to 5. The education minister of Karnataka, Mr.Suresh kumar has immediately halted the classes. But however, pre-recorded classes will be allowed, he said. He further warns all the schools to refrain from taking fees for online classes.
The decision was taken following complaints to the Primary and Secondary Education Department by several parents that private schools were allegedly conducting online classes even for kindergarten children.
“I understand there are health issues. We have consulted doctors from NIMHANS and other people experts in the field. Children’s safety is our priority. Hence, thinking about all these issues. We have taken steps,” he added. Citing the World Health Organisation’s recommendation, Dr BN Gangadhar had told that those under 6 years of age should not have more than one hour of screen time.
Inputs from Vuha Kunapareddy