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Delhi: Schools to remain closed till October 5

September 19, 2020

According to the latest directions issued by Delhi government’s Directorate of Education, schools in Delhi will continue to remain closed for all classes till October 5, 2020. 

The Union Ministry for Health and Welfare had earlier stated that schools outside containment zones to reopen from September 21 for students of classes IX to XII, stating that they may attend voluntarily if they want guidance from their teachers.

Choosing not to take up this option for schools in the state, the education department on Friday released a circular, stating, “…it is informed that all schools will remain closed for all the students till 5.10.2020. However, online classes and teaching learning activities will continue as usual and HOSs are authorised to call teachers/staff (as per requirement) for smooth conduct of online classes, teaching learning activities and any other work.”

Earlier this week, the Gujarat government had also ruled out reopening schools for senior classes from September 21 with the education minister of the state saying that the decision was taken in the “interest of the students”, given the Covid situation in the state.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier issued the guidelines for the reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 from September 21, 2020. Students of these classes will have the option of attending the classes remotely/virtually or physically on a voluntary basis for guidance from their teachers subject to written permission of parent/guardian. The guidelines further state that instead of the biometric mode of attendance, alternate arrangements for contactless attendance shall be made by the school administration.

Source: The Indian Express

Read: MHA issues guidelines for reopening of schools for classes 9 to 12 from Sept 21, 2020

Also read: Uttarakhand cancels school reopening amid rising Covid cases

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