Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday announced that his government has decided to re-open schools in two phases. Schools for standard 9-12 will start from August 23 and will be held in alternate batches (2 batches in one week, 3 days each). “Education & health experts discussed reopening of schools. We’ve also discussed other states’ status. We’ve decided to re-open in 2 phases, schools for std 9-12 will start from 23rd Aug, classes will be held in alternate batches (2 batches in one week, 3 days each),” the CM said.Also Read - Jamia University to Reopen From Nov For Final Year Vaccinated PhD Students

“The decision about reopening of classes up to standard 8th will be taken in the last week of August after looking at all aspects of third-wave. All this is what the experts suggested. Covid-19 task force will be formed soon,” he further added. Also Read - Karnataka: 20% Beds In Govt Hospitals To Be Reserved for Children to Fight COVID Third Wave

On Thursday, Basavaraj Bommai had said that the government is ‘seriously’ considering the recommendation of the experts. Talking to the media, the newly appointed chief minister said that the government will have the final meeting with the experts tomorrow (Friday) on two counts-what should be COVID protocol in event of 3rd wave and what should be the government’s stand on the opening of schools. Also Read - Centre Urges People To Follow Covid Guidelines, Avoid Mass Gatherings in Containment Zones During Festivals | Key Points

“We’re seriously considering the recommendation of experts. I’ll have a final meeting with them tomorrow on 2 counts – what should be COVID protocol in event of 3rd wave & what should be our stand on the opening of schools. Then I’ll call all representatives it & take action,” Bommai said.

Earlier, reports had suggested that due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and the absence of a council of ministers in the cabinet the school and college goers in Karnataka might have to wait a bit longer before seeing their campuses.

Last year, owing to the spike in the covid cases in the state, the schools and colleges were asked to shut. But now, as the covid cases in the state dip, the officials are mulling reopening the institutions from this month.

According to a report by the Indian Express, the Director of Public Instruction handed over recommendations to the government regarding the same. The decisions were taken following a report by an expert panel comprising health officials, school management representatives, educationalists, pediatricians, and parent’s association representatives, which recommended opening school in August’s first week.

Ganesh Poojary, organizing secretary of the Karnataka State Parents Coordination Committee told Indian Express, “Rather than making a decision for the entire state at one go, the government should strategically decide to open the schools in areas with COVID caseload close to nil.”