The Karnataka government Monday decided not to reopen schools and pre-university colleges on December 1. According to Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the government “shall review the Covid-19 situation during the third week of December” to decide when to resume offline classes.

“Experts have recommended that a decision on reopening schools and PU colleges should not be taken until December end. An appropriate decision will be taken then,” Yediyurappa said in Bengaluru. The CM had convened a meeting with Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar, and heads of various departments related to the same before announcing the decision. Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar joined the meeting online supporting expressing his views on the Covid-19 technical advisory committee (TAC) recommendations.

Earlier, TAC had recommended against reopening schools on December 1. “After extensive deliberations, it was unanimously resolved that ‘not to reopen the schools in December.’ However, the scenario of COVID-19 in the state shall be reviewed in the last week of December to consider reopening of schools at an appropriate time subsequently,” a statement issued by TAC read.

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