The Delhi government will resume schools for children in grades 6 to 12 on December 18 after being closed due to the Covid-19-led lockdown and subsequent pollution. This is a few days before the start of the winter vacation. Schools will reopen despite rigorous Covid-19 measures, as cases of the new Covid variant – Omicron – have been recorded in the nation’s capital.
According to the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) rules, not only schools but also colleges can resume operations. Students at the University of Delhi have been demanding the reopening of campus for almost a month, but the university has yet to respond.
Schools in Delhi to resume their classes
Physical education classes in schools (from class 6 onwards), colleges, educational institutions, skill development & training institutes, other training institutes, and libraries should be resumed as soon as possible, according to the state governments of NCR and GNCTD.
The announcement comes only days after the Delhi Education Department submitted two suggestions to the Ministry of Environment to reopen schools. According to the suggestion, schools should reopen in person for classes 6 and above immediately, while schools for classes 5 and below can return in physical mode starting December 20. Schools will resume in physical mode for younger students on December 27.
As the city’s pollution levels decreased, parents and academics began to urge that schools be reopened. A group of parents launched a #backtoschool campaign on Twitter earlier this month. A great number of people spoke out about how school closures were creating irreplaceable losses in students’ minds, including learning and behavioral issues for children.