In light of the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the Delhi government has mandated a shift to online classes for all schools except classes 10th and 12th. This decision comes into effect immediately and will remain in place until November 10, 2023.
The order issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) states that the move is aimed at protecting the health and well-being of students, particularly younger children, who are more susceptible to the harmful effects of air pollution.
“In view of the implementation of Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), it is hereby ordered that all classes, except for board classes (10th and 12th), in all schools of Delhi shall be held online up to November 10, 2023,” the order reads.
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The DoE has further instructed schools to ensure that online classes are conducted smoothly and that all students have access to the necessary learning resources. They have also advised schools to monitor the air quality regularly and take appropriate decisions regarding offline classes for 10th and 12th students based on the AQI levels.
#Breaking | "Schools in #Delhi to be shut except for Class 10, 12," says Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai amid rising #AirPollution #DelhiPollution #DelhiAirPollution #AirQuality pic.twitter.com/E261gfhDiW— NDTV (@ndtv) November 6, 2023
Delhi Schools to Shift to Online Mode for All Classes Except 10th and 12th:-
This decision has been met with mixed reactions from parents and teachers. While some appreciate the government’s concern for students’ health, others are worried about the impact of online classes on learning outcomes and the disruption of school routines.
The air quality in Delhi has been deteriorating in recent weeks, with the AQI consistently remaining in the ‘severe’ category. This has raised concerns about the health of residents, especially children and the elderly.
The government has implemented various measures to combat air pollution, including the Odd-Even scheme, restrictions on construction activities, and bans on certain types of vehicles. However, the situation remains grim, and the shift to online classes is seen as a necessary step to protect the health of students.