Barely six days after the diploma and engineering schools had been reopened within the state, Karnataka Health Minister Dr Okay Sudhakar on Sunday mentioned they may be shut once more if the coronavirus cases go up.
The diploma, engineering and diploma schools had been reopened on November 17 after eight months of closure as a result of coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Under the circumstances, studies emerged that at the very least 130 college students obtained contaminated by COVID-19.
“If the cases go up, then, as you have said in your (media) reports, we will have to go for a shutdown once again. There is no alternative,” Sudhakar instructed reporters in Dharwad whereas responding to queries in regards to the rising coronavirus cases amongst college students.
The Minister’s assertion got here forward of Karnataka authorities’s essential assembly on Monday to resolve reopening of colleges.
Sudhakar conceded that the colleges haven’t been reopened but within the state for the concern of coronavirus.
Stating that about 120 to 130 college students had been contaminated with the coronavirus as per media studies, Dr Sudhakar mentioned he would collect info from senior officers.
Explaining the rationale behind reopening the universities, he mentioned youth have immunity.
“I won’t say that the students won’t contract the disease.
Youth have more immunity. We have to protect the lives of the students as well as shape their academic future. Since we have a big responsibility, we decided to reopen schools and colleges in a phased manner,” Dr Sudhakar mentioned.
According to officers within the larger education division, the choice to reopen schools had been taken as college students weren’t capable of grasp the teachings on-line as a result of varied causes corresponding to lack of devices, poor connectivity and well being points corresponding to eye-sight.
Besides, the schools and the faculty workers had been observing unemployment.