KSCPCR in a single page clarification signed by its secretary stated that the Commission had sent its recommendations to the principal secretary, department of primary and secondary education and to the commissioner, department of public instruction detailing steps that need to be followed in reopening schools. These are recommendations that educational institutions need to follow in the interest of the health of students.
Some of the recommendations in the letter that KSCPCR sent included recommending that the DPI declare the academic year 2020-21 as no examination year and designate it as a learning year. The commission also recommended that DPI appoint counsellors to infuse confidence among children for they are out of school for the last few months. It recommended Covid 19 tests for students, teachers and mid-day meal workers before the start of the school.
KSCPCR recommended early start of lower primary schools. Antony Sebastian, chairman said the commission made the recommendations on field experience and provisions of RTE. It had also stressed the importance of nutritious food, milk and mandatory social distancing in classroom activities. “We are not suggesting any date for school reopening. Our concern is that when schools reopen students should not face any problems,” he had told TOI.
Incidentally, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in a letter on Friday said he has taken note of the wide ranging discussion regarding reopening of schools at a time when Covid19 cases are spiralling in the state. Leaders of various political parties too have expressed their opinion on this, CM said, adding that the government will take a final call on the issue after consulting all stakeholders, experts and one should not fall prey to rumours.