August 25, 2021 02:41 PM
Delhi schools re-opening: An expert committee set up by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has recommended phase-wise reopening of schools in the national capital, news agency PTI reported on Wednesday.
The panel has recommended that schools be reopened for all classes but senior wing students be called in the first phase followed by middle class students and ultimately primary classes.
“The panel has submitted its report today. The recommendations include reopening of schools for all classes but in a phase-wise manner. The report will be studied in detail and a final decision will be taken soon in this regard,” the news agency quoted a person as saying.
So far, the government has allowed students of classes 10, 11 and 12 to visit schools for admission and board-exam related activities, with consent of parents.
Delhi school re-opening; Earlier this month, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal asked officials to set up an expert committee to chalk out a detailed plan to reopen schools as cases had declined in the national capital.
The committee was set up after Deputy CM Manish Sisodia told the DDMA in a meeting chaired by Baijal that at least 90 per cent of the parents, who attended the mega parent-teacher meeting (PTM) at government schools that was held between July 19 and 31, had voted in favour of reopening the schools.
Sisodia had also noted in the meeting that school closures for over a year has led to a major loss of learning. The committee was tasked with finalising a detailed SOP, assessing preparedness of schools, vaccination of teaching and non teaching staff and addressing concerns of parents.
While several states started partial reopening of schools in October last year, the Delhi government allowed physical classes only for grades 9-12 in January this year, which were again suspended following the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases during the aggressive second wave.