Karnataka Govt stopped online class education up to 7th classes. Karnataka government said it has received suggestions from cabinet ministers to extend the decision to put on hold the online classes till seventh standard. On 10.06.2020, amid complaints about conduct of virtual classes, the state government decided to stop online classes for children from Kindergarten (KG) to Class 5 till a committee come out with guidelines.
However, a few hours after Madhuswamy’s statement, Suresh Kumar contradicted him saying the extension on ban was just a “suggestion” made during the cabinet meeting and “not a government decision.”
“The online teaching for LKG, UKG, primary classes had become a burning issue. The issue was too young children are being given this online teaching which was affecting their mental health. We had a meeting of experts from NIMHANS and educational experts. They said we had to decide about screen time
“Karnataka Govt has decided to stop all On-line classes for LKG, UKG & classes up to 5th std. To extend this up to 7th std is only a suggestion from few cabinet ministers as expressed in an informal discussion and NOT a decision,” Suresh Kumar tweeted. However, an official order with detailed guidelines on how to hold online classes is awaited from the Karnataka government.
Discussions were also held on how to engage children during this period, with no clarity over the reopening of schools, news agency PTI quoted the minister as saying. The committee has been constituted under the leadership of Professor M K Sridhar to prepare guidelines on how to engage students and increase their knowledge. There has been pressure on the government to act, as parents have been complaining about online classes conducted by private schools even for kindergarten kids.
Such classes will not substitute classroom teaching and might affect the students’ age and mental well-being,” Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said. He added that private schools will not be allowed to charge for online teaching. However, pre-recorded classes shall be conducted.
According to officials of the education department, the Karnataka Department of Public Instruction will issue detailed guidelines for the same soon. “These guidelines are likely to specify recommended screen-time for children of different age groups. Suggestions from different stakeholders including parents, teachers, and school management will also be sought,” an official added.
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