All schools in Delhi to remain shut till further orders in view of COVID-19, says Manish Sisodia

The AAP-led government had earlier announced that schools in the National Capital will remain closed till 31 October

Press Trust of India October 28, 2020 13:18:24 IST
All schools in Delhi to remain shut till further orders in view of COVID-19, says Manish Sisodia

File image of Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia. PTI

New Delhi: All schools in Delhi will continue to be closed till further orders in view of the COVID-19 situation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday.

Parents are not in favour of reopening schools either, Sisodia said at an online press conference.

The Delhi government had earlier announced that schools will remain closed till 31 October.

"We keep getting feedback from parents that they are really concerned about whether it is safe to reopen schools. It is not. Wherever schools have reopened, COVID-19 cases among children have risen. So we have decided that as of now schools in the national capital will not reopen. They will continue to be closed till further orders," Sisodia said.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since 16 March, when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shut down as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A nationwide lockdown was imposed on 25 March.

While several restrictions have been eased in different 'unlock' phases, educational institutions continue to remain closed. According to Unlock 5' guidelines, states can take a call on reopening schools in phases. Several states have also begun the process of reopening schools.

Earlier, schools were allowed to call students from Class 9 to 12 to school on a voluntary basis from 21 September. However, the Delhi government decided against it.

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