In Delhi, several private schools are demanding to reopen schools for classes 6 to 8. Moreover, the Delhi State Public Schools Management Association (DSPSMA) said that it will protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence if schools are not reopened soon.
An improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the national capital urged the Delhi government to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12. Subsequently, colleges and coaching institutions have also been reopened from September 1.
“The schools have reopened for classes 9 to 12. There have been no complaints so far,” DSPSMA president RC Jain said. “What is the harm in reopening for classes 6 to 8 now? We are waiting for the government order on this. We will stage a protest outside CM residence if a decision is not taken to reopen schools till September 24,” he added in a statement.
A decision on reopening for junior classes is yet to be taken by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, DDMA.
DDMA will hold a meeting soon with the expert committee to take a significant decision. The panel had earlier recommended phase-wise reopening of schools in the city. As per their earlier suggestions, the schools were asked to reopen classes 6 to 8 from September 8. However, the final decision is yet to be taken by DDMA and the Delhi Government.
Since March 2020, Junior schools have been closed in Delhi. CM Arvind Kejriwal states, “The government is still monitoring the situation. We do not want to take any kind of risk with children. We want to open the school as soon as possible and will inform you whenever there is a decision regarding this.”
The students, teachers and non-teaching staff living in COVID containment zones cannot attend offline classes. Students have also been asked to submit a no-objection certificate to attend offline classes.