New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Delhi deputy chief minister, who also holds the education portfolio, on Saturday tweeted that all schools in Delhi will reopen from Monday, November 29, for all classes. The announcement from Manish Sisodia came after the additional director of education Rita Sharda issued an order that said the department of environment and forest has allowed the reopening of schools in Delhi.

“Therefore...all the government, government-aided, unaided recognised, NDMC, MCDs and Delhi Cantonment schools will reopen from November 29 for all classes,” the order said. The order further directed heads of all such institutions to share the information among students, staff members, management committees and parents.

Schools and colleges in Delhi, that were closed in March 2020, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, were opened briefly before the Delhi government, on the orders of the Supreme Court, ordered the closure of all educational institutions due to the alarming rise in air pollution in the national capital. The schools were closed from November 13 till November 20. This was extended again on November 17.

Earlier this week, Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said schools, colleges and other educational institutes will open from next week in the national capital amid growing calls for in-person classes.

“For the last three days, we have observed a reduction in the pollution levels in Delhi. We have decided to ease the restrictions, but a strict watch will be kept on the sources [of pollution],” Rai had said.

The air quality index (AQI) in Delhi was recorded in the 'very poor' category on Saturday morning, according to data issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. It is expected to improve from November 29 onwards due to high wind speed.

Local surface winds are likely to increase slightly for the next two days, dispersing pollutants and leading to a slight improvement in the air pollution, but the AQI will be in the "higher end of the very poor" category, officials said.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan