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After a 9-month gap, Delhi schools reopen today

New Delhi: After the Delhi government passed an order to this effect, Classes 10th and 12th of Delhi schools reopen from today, bringing students of these classes back to school after a gap of more than 9 months. To prevent the spread of Coronavirus among the students, all schools in India were shut during March 2020, shifting the entire education system online. For the past months, the students and teachers have been interacting through virtual lecture sessions.

Several speculations were made through the past months about reopening of schools, until last week when Deputy Health Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia announced, "The schools will be reopening in case of classes 10 and 12 from today".

The government has taken this decision keeping in mind the need for preparation and real-time teaching assistance required by students in wake of the upcoming CBSE board exams.  This move will also help students to smoothly complete the process of upcoming internal assignments and practical exams.

The schools have been allowed to reopen with strict Covid-19 protocols in place. Along with this, the students have also been mandated to carry written permission from their parents/guardians allowing them to attend school.

Yesterday, Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, held a review meeting to inspect the Covid-19 protocols to be followed by schools in the capital. The protocols include sanitation facilities in classrooms and the building, measures taken for social distancing, etc. The government also suggested schools to apply a 'bubbling effect' in which the same set of students must be kept in the same group, to minimize the level of contact among students. Also, a set of instructions has also been issued both for the students and staff members for the smooth functioning of the process.

The decision of reopening of school has received mixed responses from both students and the parents as a section still fears the contact with the virus while others have appreciated the step saying physical classes with necessary precautions will help in students’ learning.

Various schools around the country are being reopened in a phased manner. Rajasthan too will be reopening schools from today.

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