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Delhi govt shuts schools, colleges for physical classes as pollution hits emergency levels – Education News

Schools, colleges and educational institutes in the national capital will be closed for physical classes for a week from Monday because of the deteriorating air quality, the Delhi government announced on Saturday after an angry Supreme Court termed the rise in pollution an “emergency situation”.

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Online teaching and learning will continue in schools and colleges. Schools in Delhi had reopened for all classes from November 1, after nearly 19 months of closure due to COVID-19.

“All schools, colleges and educational institutes in Delhi to remain shut next week as pollution levels hit emergency level,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.

Welcoming the Delhi government’s decision, Aparajita Gautam, the president of the Delhi Parents Association, said, “Students were already at risk due to COVID-19 and suddenly cases have begun rising too. To put students at further risk due to the pollution would have been dangerous”.

Anshu Mittal, the principal of MRG School in Rohini, said they were geared up to open from November 15 after prolonged closure due to the pandemic.

“The school was all geared up to open from November 15 for nursery to class eight. We were excited to welcome back our students and also aligned the arrangements as per the Covid norms. Activities enhancing student-teacher dynamic and some parent-students activities were also planned.

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