Source – ndtv.com
All primary schools in Delhi will remain closed until November 10, as announced by Delhi’s Minister of Education, Atishi. The decision comes in response to the escalating pollution levels in the city and its neighboring areas.
Atishi made the announcement through a social media platform, stating, “As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November. For Grades 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes.”
Currently, the closure applies exclusively to primary schools in Delhi, while schools offering classes from 6 to 12 have the option to transition to online teaching.
Extension of School Closures
This extension of school closures follows an earlier decision by Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, to shut down all government and private primary schools in Delhi for two days, initially scheduled for November 3 and 4. However, due to the persistent air pollution crisis, the closure has been extended to November 10.
Air Quality in Delhi Reaching – Severe Plus
The air quality in Delhi has deteriorated significantly, reaching the “severe plus” category, with the air quality index (AQI) rising from 415 on Saturday at 4 p.m. to 460 by 7 a.m. on Sunday. A forecast from the Air Quality Early Warning System, issued on Saturday, predicts that the AQI is likely to remain in the “severe” category until November 7.
The decision to extend school closures is a response to the urgent need to protect the health and well-being of students amid hazardous air quality levels. Delhi’s authorities are taking proactive measures to minimize the risks associated with prolonged exposure to severe pollution.
Option for Online Classes and Importance of Safeguarding the Health of Delhi
While primary schools in Delhi remain closed, the option for online classes for older students offers a way to continue their education while avoiding exposure to the hazardous outdoor air. This approach aligns with efforts to prioritize the safety and health of the city’s youth.
The pollution crisis in Delhi has been an ongoing concern, especially during the winter months when factors like crop burning, vehicular emissions, and weather conditions contribute to a significant decline in air quality. To address this issue, authorities have implemented various measures, including restrictions on construction activities, the implementation of an odd-even vehicle scheme, and the distribution of masks to citizens.
Despite these efforts, the need for school closures and the introduction of online education for older students reflect the severity of the pollution crisis and the importance of safeguarding the health of Delhi’s residents, particularly its children.