Karnataka government on Wednesday announced that online classes for students of lower kindergarten, upper kindergarten, and for students of primary classes (1to5) will be stopped in the state. Pre-recorded classes for these classes will go on, however.
The state government also announced that the fee charged for online classes will also be stopped with immediate effect. Karnataka’s Education Minister Suresh Kumar said in a press conference that the online classes for students up to class 5 will not be held anymore. Although they can continue for the secondary classes.
He said the step was taken after they received a lot of complaints from the parents from most of the state. After a meeting between psychiatrists, those working in the education sector, and other experts it was decided that classes for primary classes should be stopped. He said a committee will be formed to discuss how to increase engagement of students via digital media and about other modalities.
He said the discussion on the appropriate amount of screen time for students will be discussed later.