Delhi schools are likely to reopen from September 1 in a phased manner with high schools opening first, followed by upper primary schools. Primary schools up to class five and pre-schools will continue to function online for the time being.
High schools will be reopening from September 1, Wednesday. Formal communication is expected to be issued soon. “Schools in Delhi to re-open in a phased manner. Classes from standard nine to 12 will begin from September 1. Classes for standard six to eight will begin from September 8,” news agency ANI reported.
The decision comes days after an expert panel advised the Delhi government to reopen schools. Several states have already re-opened physical schools in hybrid mode especially for senior secondary and secondary students.
Delhi government had been sceptical about reopening of the schools amid lack of vaccines but there is a strong possibility that vaccine will be available for children aged 12 years and above by September end.
Delhi has been very strict in its policy of reopening schools stating that without vaccinating teachers and students it will be tough to reopen schools. It has throughout maintained that teachers and students’ safety is a priority.
The union government had announced that it seeks to vaccinate all teachers before Teachers’ Day on September 5 and will provide an additional 20 million doses to the states’ quota for August.
Schools and colleges were reopened by several states like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat and Punjab in a phased manner.
Academicians and educationists have been demanding the reopening of schools at least for senior students as closure of schools since March 2020 has led to negative learning environment and dropout of students.
Source:The Times of India, Mint