New Delhi: Soon after a number of complaints were received about online classes in the state, the Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to cancel all online classes for students in the state. Also Read - Rare Majestic Black Panther Spotted in Karnataka's Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Pictures Go Viral

Issuing a statement, state Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said that there will be no online classes for students from Kindergarten (KG) to class 5. Also Read - Karnataka Coronavirus Cases Today: Days After CM BSY's Denial, Minister Confirms Community Transmission of COVID-19 in State

“Two decisions have been taken – online classes for LKG, UKG and primary classes should be stopped immediately. Also, collecting fees in the name of online classes should be stopped immediately,” Suresh Kumar said. Also Read - Nekar Samman Yojane: Over 20000 Weavers in Karnataka to Get Annual Financial Help of Rs 2000 Through DBT | All You Need to Know

He further added that several complaints have been received regarding online classes, and he held discussions with experts, a body of private educational institutions and officials in this regard, and everyone was of the opinion that the online classes cannot be an alternative to physical classes.

“Discussions were also held on how to engage children during this period, with no clarity over the reopening of schools,” he said.

In this regard, a state-level committee has been constituted under the leadership of Prof MK Sridhar to prepare guidelines on how to engage students and increase their knowledge.

He said 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.

Saying that the state government had already issued a circular asking educational institutions not to hike fees on humanitarian grounds considering financial constraints of several people due to the COVID-19 pandemic and induced lockdown, Kumar said, if schools decide to reduce the fees amount, it will be a very welcome move.

However, he noted that from June 25, SSLC (Class 10) exams were starting. “From June 25 to July 4, the exams will be held and safety of children is our utmost priority and we are taking all necessary steps in this regard,” he said.

He also added that preparations for the exams are on in all districts, micro-level planning is being done.