Delhi government is planning to reopen schools only after the COVID vaccine is available for the public after all the frontline workers are vaccinated, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The state government is presently brainstorming on how early they can reopen schools keeping the board examination under consideration.
The schools will have to follow all SOPs and guidelines that would be issued by the state government after reopening.
“Even if we start vaccinating people by February, we will be able to vaccinate a sizeable chunk only by July. There is no possibility of reopening schools before that. We also have to look at how examinations will be conducted without putting teachers and students at risk.”
Moreover, the Delhi government has also planned to scrap nursery admissions for the year 2021-22 and instead propose two batches of nursery and kindergarten in 2022-23. The principals of the schools of Delhi however are not in favor of scrapping nursery admissions for next year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic even as the government maintains that no final decision has been taken yet in this regard.
Meanwhile, schools in many states including Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar, Puducherry have already reopened in January. The Punjab government has decided to reopen schools for classes 5 to 8 from tomorrow, January 7 onwards. The schools would be held from 10 am to 3 pm daily