Final decision to open Delhi school for 6-classes after festive season: LG – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The decision to reopen schools for classes 6 to 6 in Delhi will be taken after the festive season, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said after a DDMA meeting here on Wednesday.

While LG did not mention a specific month for the decision to reopen schools for junior classes, sources present at the meeting said it could be “after Diwali”.

“On the advice of experts, it was decided to open middle-middle class after the festive season. On the advice of experts, it was decided to open 8-8 middle class after the festive season,” Baijal, who chaired the meeting, said in a tweet.

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The meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) was attended by Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain and Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot, Policy Commission member VK Paul, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, ICMR DG Balaram Varghese and other senior officials of the department.

“Even though experts expressed satisfaction with the prevailing situation and the efforts made by the concerned departments and agencies, it was strongly reiterated that cowardly-appropriate behavior and its application should not disappoint the guards, especially in light of the upcoming festive season,” a source said.

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“On the advice of experts, it was decided to open the rest of the class at the school after the festive season,” he added.

Several private schools have demanded that schools now be reopened for junior classes.

Last week, a group of parents and school teachers staged a protest outside the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and demanded reopening of the school for primary and 6th class students.

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“The government has taken a disappointing decision again. It has been a month since schools reopened for senior classes and everything has gone well so what is the harm in calling other classes as well. RC Jain, president of the Schools Management Association, said.

However, the action committee of an unsubsidized private school of more than 450 private schools in the city welcomed the latest DDMA decision.

“We understand that the possible spread of Kovid during the festive season is a real concern, but the decision should be reconsidered after Dussehra. Now is the time for all our stakeholders to realize the academic gaps and take proactive decisions accordingly,” said Bharat Aurora, general secretary of the committee.

Aparajita Gautam, president of the Delhi Parents Association, echoed her sentiments and praised the government’s decision.

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“A possible third wave in October-November has already been predicted. Also, the festival crowd could increase the number of cases, so it is wise to make an informed decision after the festival,” Gautam said.

After a significant improvement in the Covid situation in the national capital, the Delhi government announced last month that schools, colleges and coaching institutes for classes 9 to 12 would reopen from September 1.

The Delhi government has made it clear that no student will be forced to attend physical classes and the consent of parents will be mandatory.

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The guidelines announced by the DDMA for the reopening of schools and colleges from September 1 include allowing only 50 percent of students per classroom, mandatory thermal screening, stalled lunch breaks, alternative seating arrangements and regular guest visits.

The DDMA said students, teachers and non-teaching staff living in the Kovid Containment Zone would not be allowed to come to the school-college.

Schools in the national capital were ordered to close in March last year before a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Although several state schools started partial reopening in October last year, the Delhi government allowed physical classes for only 9-12 classes in January this year, which was again suspended after a growing surge in Covid-1 cases during the offensive second wave.

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