Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) announced that all schools in the city would stay closed till October 5, keeping a spike in coronavirus cases in the capital in mind. In an official note on Friday, the Directorate said that online classes would continue, and the teachers and the non-teaching staff can be called to the school to continue the learning activities. The Delhi government had earlier issued an order stating that no student could be called to the school for any activity till September 20.
The notification issued by the Directorate of Education said, “All schools will remain closed for all students till 05.10.2020. However, online classes and teaching-learning activities will continue as usual, and HoS (Heads of Schools) are authorized to call teachers/ staff (as per requirement) for smooth conduct of online classes, teaching-learning activities, and any other work.”
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The Delhi government has also earned state-run schools to conduct their own online classes regardless of those being conducted by the Directorate of Education. The statement further read, “In order to further strengthen and expand the Teaching-Learning Activities for classes 9 to 12, online classes are being decentralized for these classes of all the government and government-aided schools. HoS of all schools shall ensure that suitable Time Table with the schedule of Online Classes is developed by their schools, share it well in time with the concerned teachers and students and conduct the online classes accordingly.”
Delhi has 2,34,701 confirmed coronavirus cases with 4,887 deaths. A spike in the infections has raised concerns about a “second wave” in the numbers of cases; weeks after the Delhi government had attempted to bring down the infections. Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. While several restrictions have been lifted in phases of ‘Unlock’ since June 8, education institutes continue to be closed.
What did Unlock 4.0 say?
Under the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, all education institutes like schools, colleges, universities, including the coaching centers were to be closed for the students till September 30. However, the guidelines also stated that students from classes 9-12 who reside outside the containment zones can come to school for any guidance from the teachers. Even 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staffs were to be called to the school for conducting online classes and tele-counselling.