Delhi/IBNS: All schools in the national capital will remain closed for students till October 5 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Delhi government announced Friday, putting an end to the speculations that schools will be reopened partially for the students of classes 9 to 12, according to the Centre’s Unlock 4 guidelines, from September 21, said media reports.
The Unlock 4 guidelines issued on August 30 by the Union ministry of home affairs said the schools will remain closed till September 30, but it also stated that “students of classed 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside containment zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers”.
In an order issued on Friday, the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE), said, “It is informed that all schools will remain closed for all students till October 5. However, online classes and teaching-learning activities will continue as usual and Head of Schools (HoS) are authorised to call teachers/ staff (as per requirement) for smooth conduct of online classes, teaching-learning activities and any other work.”
A senior official at the Delhi government’s education department said the decision was taken after reviewing the pandemic situation in the national capital, reported Hindustan Times.
According to the official, a majority of the parents of students of both government and private schools said they do not want to send their children to schools right now, and after considering all the factors it has been decided it wouldn’t be suitable for the children to visit schools in Delhi until few more weeks.