BENGALURU: A week after the Karnataka government allowed opening of physical classes for students of grades 9-12, several schools — most of them private — are yet to start offline classes.
According to the data shared by the department of public instruction (DPI) on Tuesday, 62% of schools in Bengaluru Urban South and 63% in Bengaluru Urban North have been shown as ‘not started’. It also says as many schools have not updated the data on reopening of classes.
According to the DPI data, 34% schools have entered data in the Student Achievement Tracking System.
‘Many parents reluctant to send kids’
A part number from of Bengaluru schools that , a have high not opened are in Kalaburagi (50%), Yadgir (43%) and Raichur (43%). But commissioner of public instruction V Anbukumar said the data is not real time since many schools were yet to post updates on SATS. “While attendance in government schools is high, parents in many private institutes are reluctant to send kids,” he said.
Association of Primary and Secondary Schools of Karnataka said most budget schools have opened with a good turnout, but students who haven’t paid minimum fee are not coming. “Elite private schools are yet to open. Schools are willing, but not parents,” said secretary D Shashi Kumar. For instance, Delhi Public Schools started offline classes on August 23 only to suspend them due to low attendance. According to DPS East, only 30-50 of over 1,000 students in classes 11 and 12 turned up for offline classes.
A DPI officer said since physical schooling is optional, schools cannot force students to attend classes. Schools said parents’ biggest worry is kids could carry the infection home.