Delhi School update: Kejriwal government to reopen schools for classes 10 and 12 from August 9
The Kejriwal-led government has decided to partially reopen schools in Delhi for students of classes 10 and 12 from August 9. According to the orders issued by the government of Delhi, students will be able to visit their school for admission related work, counselling or guidance and practical activities for board exams.
This decision was taken after the consultation of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) at a meeting where the Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia said that there has already been enough loss of education because of the closure of schools throughout last year. He also said that the government has received over 35,000 suggestions on the issue of reopening schools. The DDMA meeting was also attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt-Governor Anil Baijal, V K Paul, Randeep Guleria, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, and other officials.
COVID-19 guidelines and rules will be issued by the Directorate of Education soon to ensure the safety of students and teachers. A special committee of experts will be set up along with the Education and Health departments officials to plan detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for reopening schools and colleges.
Before taking this decision, the Delhi government had also taken suggestions from teachers and parents considering the COVID-19 situation in Delhi.