The Delhi government, however, has made it clear that no student will be forced to attend classes and there will be no compulsory attendance.
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While most schools have welcomed the move, parents are still divided over the potential third-wave concerns of Covid-1. A meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday decided to reopen the educational institutions. A panel formed by the DDMA submitted a report earlier this week recommending the phased opening of schools in the national capital.
The decision was taken in the wake of a significant improvement in the Covid-1 situation in Delhi, following the recent brutal second wave of infections that claimed many lives, adding to the woes of hospitals across the city.
“In view of the declining number of Kovids, schools in Delhi are slowly reopening with full vigilance to reduce the learning disadvantage of students,” Kejriwal tweeted.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that teaching and learning activities will continue in a mixed manner.
“No child will be forced to attend a physical class and there will be no compulsory attendance. Parents’ consent is required for students to participate in a physical class. All academic activities at the school will be conducted in a mixed manner,” he said. Press conference.
Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, noted that experts agreed that online learning could not replace classroom learning.
“Education has suffered greatly in the last 1.5 years. It is true that online education cannot replace physical education, and our children have been deprived of proper education year after year. Experts agree that online education cannot replace that education with a favorable environment. Is achieved in the classroom.
“Therefore, the Delhi government has decided to reopen all schools, colleges, coaching activities in a slow, safe and secure manner. Schools should be reopened especially in a grade system. Public and private schools will reopen for children from 9-12. In the first phase. Similarly, coaching centers of this age or older will be reopened along with colleges and universities, ”he said.
Although Sisodia said there is no final decision on junior classes and a decision will be made after analyzing the impact of reopening schools for senior classes, sources indicated that schools in classes 6 to 6 could be reopened from September to September.
“In the last one month, we have launched several campaigns across Delhi to vaccinate teachers. 98 per cent teachers and all school staff in government schools in Delhi have received their first dose and we are also administering the second dose.
“Private schools have also reported that a large number of workers have been vaccinated. We are making sure that all workers are fully vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said in response to a question about the status of vaccination.
Asked about parents’ concerns about a possible third wave in October-November, Sisodia said, “When we asked parents, students and teachers for advice and comments on reopening schools, at least 70 percent of people wanted schools and colleges. The rest believed that schools should reopen stagnant. Only a handful of people did not want physical classes. ”
Schools in the national capital were ordered to close in March last year before a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Although several state schools started partial reopening from October last year, the Delhi government only allowed reopening in January for classes 9 to 12.
However, schools were completely shut down in April after the aggressive second wave of Covid-1 of.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) also decided to reopen colleges and universities to the concerned state government depending on the Covid-1 situation.
The Department of Education (DOE) will soon notify detailed SOPs for reopening schools.
SOPs recommended by DDMA include individual entry and exit to avoid crowds, calling students to 50 percent of classroom seating capacity, increasing clean and sanitation facilities, availability of quarantine rooms, and a panel set to regularly collect student and staff samples. The panel submitted their report earlier this week.
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