We are not in a hurry to reopen schools, colleges: Health Minister Sriramulu

Govt to take a final call after 'expert committee' submits report, says Sriramulu

Mysuru, October 7:- State Health Minister B Sriramulu on Wednesday (October 7) said that there would be no haste as far as reopening of the schools and colleges is concerned. Sriramulu, who is on a tour of Mysuru, told reporters, “Yes, there has been opposition to the opening of schools. I promise you there won’t be any hasty decision on the part of the government. The interest of parents and students is paramount. We have formed an ‘expert committee’ to study the pros and cons of the situation. The committee has been advised to give the report within a week. Based on the report, we will act.”

He said, “We will also be submitting a report to the state government from the Health Department. All the experts have been consulted. We are not in a hurry to reopen schools and colleges. Before we start schools, we will counsel the parents and take their advice. I have collected opinions from experts. Even the Education Department has to submit its report. Enough precautionary measures have to be in place before the schools and colleges reopen. We will be shortly giving our report to Education Minister S Suresh Kumar.”

The minister added, “17 states in the country have been identified as coronavirus-sensitive. Of the 60 districts, Bengaluru and Mysuru have been reporting more number of coronavirus cases. The death rate is also high in Mysuru district. In view of this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked us to focus on controlling the pandemic in Bengaluru and Mysuru. We will be discussing with the people’s representatives on Mysuru Dasara festival.”  (MR/KS)


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