Witnessing a gradual decline in the number of Covid cases in Delhi, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to allow the reopening of schools. The process will start on September 1 in a phased manner.
Students of classes 9-12 will be called first, followed by students of classes 6 to 8 from September 8 onwards. “Amidst the declining cases of Covid-19, it has been decided to reopen schools with proper measures to compensate the loss incurred in terms of education”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
While addressing a live conference, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said social distancing would be maintained at every place, and children would not be forced to attend school against their parents’ wishes.
“If parents do not permit, then students will not be forced to come. They will not be considered absent either,” Sisodia said.
He further added that schools of the primary section would reopen after the first phase of reopening is analyzed.
After the decline in Covid-19 cases in early 2021, schools were partially opened in January. But a massive surge in infections due to the second wave forced the government to shut educational institutes in April.
The decision to allow offline classes in schools comes in the backdrop of improved COVID-19 situation in the national capital. According to the city health department, Delhi reported 45 Covid cases on Thursday with no new deaths.