Delhi schools to function completely offline from April 1: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said DDMA has removed all restrictions in the state as COVID-19 situation improves.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Source: Official Account)Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Source: Official Account)

Vagisha Kaushik | February 25, 2022 | 02:17 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has announced that all schools will function completely in offline mode from April 1. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has removed all restrictions in view of the improved COVID-19 situation.

“DDMA withdraws all restrictions as the situation improves and people facing hardships due to loss of jobs. Schools to function fully offline from 1 April. Fines for not wearing masks reduced to Rs 500. All should continue following Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Govt will keep strict watch,” Kejriwal said in a tweet.

Recently, the private schools in Delhi demanded unconditional reopening of schools. The National Progressive Schools' Conference (NPSC), which has over 120 private schools in Delhi as its members, has written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal saying hybrid learning in schools is a hindrance in delivering quality education and sought unconditional reopening of schools at the earliest.

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Moreover, the officials said that doorstep delivery of dry ration kits will continue rather than hot cooked mid-day meals till 100 percent attendance is achieved in Delhi government schools. As soon as 100 per cent attendance is achieved, serving of cooked mid-day meals will begin," an official said.

Following prolonged closure, schools in Delhi reopened for Classes 9 to 12 on February 7, while nursery to Class 8 reopened from February 18 as the virus-induced restrictions eased. While the Centre has dropped the clause that mandated parental consent for students to physically attend classes from its guidelines, the Delhi government has decided to continue with it.

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