Just six days after the state’s diploma and engineering schools reopened, Karnataka’s Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Sunday that they could be closed again if coronavirus cases increased. .
University, engineering and degree colleges were reopened on November 17 after eight months of closure due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Under these circumstances, reports have revealed that at least 130 students have been infected with COVID-19.
“If the cases increase, then, as you said in your (media) reports, we will have to stop again. There is no alternative, ”Sudhakar told reporters in Dharwad while answering questions about the increase in coronavirus cases among students.
The minister’s statement preceded the crucial Karnataka government meeting on Monday to decide on the reopening of schools.
Sudhakar admitted that schools have yet to be reopened in the state for fear of the coronavirus.
Stating that around 120 to 130 students were infected with the coronavirus according to media reports, Dr Sudhakar said he would gather information from senior officials.
Explaining the reason for the reopening of colleges, he said young people enjoy immunity.
“I will not say that the students will not contract the disease.
Young people have more immunity. We need to protect the lives of students and shape their academic futures. Since we have a great responsibility, we have decided to reopen schools and colleges in a phased manner, ”Dr Sudhakar said.
According to officials from the higher education department, the decision to reopen the colleges was made because students were unable to grab the lessons online due to various reasons such as lack of gadgets, poor connectivity and poor connectivity. health problems such as eyesight.
Besides, the faculties and the staff of the college looked at unemployment.