India, July 2 -- Bengaluru

Online classes for students in all private schools across Karnataka commenced on Thursday, after several months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, digital classes for students enrolled in government schools are yet to begin, officials from the department of secondary education said, adding that mapping of children to determine if they have access to electronic devices and internet is yet to be completed.

According to primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar, around 40% of students in the state do not have access to the internet or a mobile device, which denies them an opportunity to avail online classes.

According to the state education department data, around 9.3 million out of...