Mumbai: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that in view of the current coronavirus situation, all the schools in Delhi will remain closed till 31 July.
Sisodia, who has also held the post of Minister of Education, called a meeting with the Secretary of the Education Department, the Director of Education and other senior officials of the Directorate to decide on the reopening of schools in Delhi.
“Experiences related to continuing education through various programs during the lockdown situation induced by COVID 19 were also discussed. Various points to introduce specific plans for each class were also discussed in the meeting. All schools are to be held on 31 July. It was also decided to remain closed till date. Keeping in mind the current coronavirus situation, “read a release by the Deputy Chief Minister’s office.
The deputy CM also wrote a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ earlier this month, suggesting steps to be taken to see the schools in a new role.
A report, which was submitted by the Deputy Director of DOE to the Deputy CM in the presence of Director, Education and Secretary, Education, said: “A district-wise report based on the suggestions of 829 teachers of Delhi Government and private schools, 61 schools. The heads of 920 students, and 829 parents were received online and the suggestions of 23262 teachers and 98423 parents at the school level formed the basis of the district-wise report.”
Wherever possible, continuing with online classes, doing proper hygiene work in classrooms, distributing masks to students, thermal screening of every student at the school entrance, and lack of curriculum were some of the key suggestions given at the meeting.
For students in classes 6 to 8, it was suggested to hold classes once or twice a week or three days a week.
For classes 9 and 10, it was suggested to the Minister of Education that classes should be taken once or twice a week in very small groups.
“Some members believed that Class 10 students should take classes every day. But it was strongly agreed that online classes should not be withdrawn and that online library facilities should continue as before,” the release read.
During the meeting, it was suggested that 11th and 12th classes should be held on alternate days and online classes should be conducted on the remaining days. There was also a suggestion to reduce their syllabus. Some even suggested that classes should be taken only 3 to 4 hours per day.
Sisodia said, “In light of all the suggestions, we should make a plan to reopen the schools so that students will have to live with Corona and prepare for a new role in new circumstances.”