New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Wednesday announced, phased re-opening of junior and primary classes. The schools for classes 8 to nursery will resume from November 1, 2021. Earlier, the schools were scheduled to resume classes 6 to 8 from the second week of September, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, DDMA deferred the decision till September 30. The complete schedule of the phased manner for resuming physical classes will be decided by the DDMA officials after Dusshera 2021.

Earlier, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Chief Dr Balram Bhargava had said that primary schools from classes 1 to 5 should be reopened first as younger children have  "better ability to handle the virus than adults. Children can handle viral infections better as they have fewer receptors. So once the decision is taken and all the staff vaccinated it would be good to open primary schools first." 

Currently, schools and coaching centres in the national capital are open for classes 9 to 12. However, they are required a consent letter from parents to attend the physical classes. Besides this, online learning facilities are also available for students whose parents have not allowed their children to attend physical classes, due to COVID-19 fear.

The meeting comprised of Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, health minister Satyendar Jain, NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria, revenue minister Kailash Gahlot and senior Delhi government officials.

Along with this, DDMA has allowed Durga Puja and Dussehra celebrations in Delhi. However, the government has laid down several protocols, such as limited crowd in venues, 110 per cent mask compliance, no eateries, no fairs and separate entry-exit points.

Posted By: Niharika Sanjeeiv