Amidst sweeping concerns of educational experts and child psychiatrists regarding Karnataka online education, government on Wednesday announced a ban on e-learning from pre-nursery or lower kindergarten to Class V. According to Education Minister S Suresh Kumar, schools, irrespective of their affiliation with state or central boards, come under the purview of this ban. Also, private schools have been warned against collecting fees by offering online education.
Regarding online learning from Classes VI to X, Karnataka government has formed a panel to chalk down a set of guidelines for schools considering the numerous challenges. The committee is to frame the report within 10 days. Besides, the committee will come to a final decision regarding the implementation of technology (not online classes) that will help schools teach children up to class V. Even students belonging from remotest corners of Karnataka will be benefitted from the scheme.
The decision to ban online classes also precedes complaints by parents about the mental strain on their children as a consequence of e-learning. Children are apparently caught in a mire of burdening syllabus and endless pressure coming from their teachers.