Karnataka school opening: KSCPCR maintains its letter to DPI only recommendation was

Karnataka school opening: KSCPCR maintains its letter to DPI only recommendation was

MANGALURU / MYSURU: The Karnataka State Child Rights Protection Commission (KSCPCR) on Thursday handed over a three-page letter to the Department of Public Instruction on reopening of schools in the state, stating that these are recommendations only. The Commission said in an explanation issued on Friday that in view of the situation of Kovid 19, any final decision on reopening of schools will be taken at the state government level itself.

The KSCPCR, in a one-page explanation signed by its secretary, said that the commission has sent its recommendations to the Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education and the Commissioner, Department of Public Instruction. These are recommendations that educational institutions need to follow in the interest of students’ health.

The letter that KSCPCR sent included some recommendations, recommending that DPI not declare the academic year 2020-21 the exam year and designate it as the teaching year. The Commission also recommended that DPIs appoint counselors to reduce confidence among children as they have been out of school for the last few months. It recommended 19 tests of Kovid for students, teachers and mid-day meal workers before school started.

KSCPCR recommended early start of primary schools. Antony Sebastian, Chairman said that the Commission has made recommendations on the field experience and provisions of RTE. It also emphasized the importance of nutritious food, milk, and compulsory social distance in classroom activities. “We are not suggesting any date to reopen the school. Our concern is that when the schools reopen the students do not face any kind of problem, ”he told TOI.

Incidentally, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said in a letter on Friday that he has held a wide-ranging discussion about the reopening of schools in a time spanning Kovid 19 cases in the state. Leaders of various political parties have also expressed their opinion on this, the CM said, after consulting all stakeholders, experts, the government will take a final decision on the issue and no one should fall prey to rumors.

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