Delhi: Schools to Open for Class 10 and 12 Students from January 18
By: Sashwata Saha
The Delhi government on Wednesday has allowed all schools in the national capital to reopen from January 18 for students of classes 10 and 12 in view of the upcoming board exams, most of which have been scheduled in the April-June period.
The schools have been asked only to call students with the consent of the parents and follow all COVID-19 precautions. “Children will not be forced to come,” Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said. “Permission is being given to open schools for practicals, projects, counselling etc. for classes 10 and 12 classes from January 18.”
It must be noted that only schools outside containment zones will be allowed to reopen and that students, teachers, and staff living in these zones will not be allowed to attend. Schools inside containment areas have been asked not to hold any assembly and physical outdoor activities and students have been instructed to not share books, notes and stationeries.
All schools that will open have been instructed to keep a record of those who come, but attendance will not be compulsory. Other instructions include: schools have to provide emotional and trauma support to students and teachers upon their return; maintain a social distance of six feet; have staggered timings and maintain hygiene, among other COVID-19 appropriate guidelines.
While a majority of the schools has welcomed the decision, several parents said they are still apprehensive about the safety of their children. Somoja Saha, the mother of a Class 12 student at DPS RK Puram, said to NHIF, “Whose responsibility would it be if my child gets COVID while at school? I will not send my child to school till the situation becomes totally normal.”
The decision has been taken in light of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announcing its intention to start 10th and 12th board exams from May 4. Schools with social distancing and on a voluntary basis had opened up in some states as early as in September 2020. These include Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Schools in the NCR have been physically shut since March last year in order to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. This will be the first time after 10 months that students will return to their campuses.
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