Delhi schools, colleges to reopen tomorrow for all students

Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia announced that schools for all classes and colleges will be allowed to reopen from November 1.

Delhi schools, colleges to reopen tomorrow for all students School reopening in Delhi (Representational Image)
Vagisha Kaushik | Oct 31, 2021 - 1:08 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed the reopening of all Delhi schools, colleges and other educational institutions from November 1 with COVID-19 protocols, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday.

Sisodia said that schools will have to ensure that classes are conducted in a hybrid mode which means online classes will continue.

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"All private and government schools can be reopened from November 1. However, parents cannot be forced to send their ward to schools,” Sisodia said at a press conference after a DDMA meeting, as per a PTI report.

The education minister said more than 50 percent of the students in a class should be called to school and all the staff are required to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

DDMA constituted panel had on October 26 recommended reopening schools for Classes 6 to 8 in Delhi with 50 per cent student strength as it noted that there has been no reported instances of increased local transmission of COVID-19 due to reopening Classes 9 to 12, according to minutes of a DDMA meeting.

Principals and school associations welcomed the DDMA's move to allow reopening of schools for all classes from Monday following a 19-month-long closure with some saying the decision was taken at "just the right time" while for others it was "delayed", as per a PTI report.

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However, parents in Delhi had mixed reaction to the DDMA's move to allow reopening of schools for all classes from Monday with some calling it necessary to make up for the learning loss and others raising concerns about Covid risk amid festivities and pollution levels.


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