First priority is to protect children: Education minister Suresh Kumar


Bengaluru, Oct 1 (IANS): Reiterating that schools and colleges would not open, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar on Wednesday said that the state government's first priority is to protect our children rather than opening schools or colleges.

Speaking to reporters here, Kumar said that the state government would always side with parents and children and not with others. "My first priority is to listen to parents. Our government is for protecting children. As of now, we have time till October 15, as per the Central government's guidelines. We will take appropriate decisions before that."

He added that even after the Union government gave such directions to open schools, the state government would side with parents.

The minister affirmed that there was no confusion on our (state government) part on this issue.

"The Union government sent out Unlock-5 procedures only last night. As I have discussed this earlier, the state government would consult all stakeholders primarily parents whether to open schools or not. Their decision would be most important to us," he stressed.

He further added that in the event of taking decision to open schools, from which class it would be decided consulting with our elected representative, academicians, health experts and various other stakeholders.

It can be recalled that in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, the Karnataka government had taken a decision about a fortnight ago that classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 were allowed to function partially.

In other words, teachers of these classes would be present in schools wherein students who had some doubts could come and get clarifications in respective subjects but there won't be regular classes.

This had led to strong speculations that Karnataka would recommence schools soon and this had led to serious debate among a section of parents who were vehemently opposing their kids going to school when pandemic cases are on the rise.

Meanwhile, owing to parental pressure on September 20, the Karnataka government prohibited Class 9 to 12 students from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  

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  • Lenin, Uppoor

    Fri, Oct 2 2020

    Dear minister, we all agree with your statement. Please stick to it. Don't change your mind after 2 days.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    Every two days he has to appear in the news with the confusing statements.....

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bengaluru/Mangaluru

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    But the same person few days back said state govt is ready to open schools if central govt gives green signal. It shows that Gujjus are more important for him than Karnataka children.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    Shri Suresh kumar says something but does something... Different statement to public and different statement for school authorities. It's like I act like beating you act like crying.... Are they responsible for children's health? They why did they collect fees in the month of April/may/june for this current academic year. Many parents don't want to send their children to school /colleges. Will the concerned authorities/school/colleges refund half of the money back??

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    Minister has now fully woken up. Earlier, he did not care a damn when he announced that schools would re-open on 1st Sept!

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    Government's first priority is to protect children.
    I agree.
    As Power TV was broadcasting the corrupt practices of Chief Minister's Child, the channel was shut down suddenly.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    Children are our First Priority ...

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  • Responsible Citizen, Udupi

    Thu, Oct 1 2020

    yes I agree with you

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