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Delhi schools reopen for students of Nursery to Class 8 too after hiatus of 19 months

A teacher checking body temperature of a girl student on the first day of reopening of school after a break of nearly two years due to coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi on November 1, 2021. Photo: @msisodia

New Delhi, Nov 1 (MNN) Schools in the national capital reopened on Monday for students of nursery to Class 8 after a hiatus of 19 months.

The academic activities in educational institutions had gone for a toss in the wake of coronavirus pandemic across the country since last year.

As students poured into their schools in large numbers in the morning, teaching staff welcomed them with various activities to keep them busy, following Covid-protocol strictly.

Some schools welcomed their students by organising dance and music events, while others held movie shows for their students. Many other activities were also organised to help the children reconnect with their schools, before resuming physical education.

Parents who came to drop their children to schools were confident about the health safety arrangements made by the schools, the Delhi government claimed.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia – who holds the education portfolio — visited several schools in Delhi and interacted with children to know their experiences during the Covid-19 lockdown for many months.

He said that the Arvind Kejriwal government is equally concerned about the students’ health as well as their education and schools had been reopened to reduce the learning gap.

“I am happy that after a long gap of 19 months, schools from Nursery to Class VIII have reopened. Due to closure of Delhi schools, education had suffered tremendously. However, it is expected that after reopening of schools, our teachers and parents will work together to fight this learning gap of the children.”

The Deputy CM said that the government is alert to the health of children, observance of COVID protocol, asserting that social distancing will have to be strictly followed in all schools in Delhi.

Sisodia said that no child will be forced to come to school to physically attend classes without his or her parent’s approval. Online and offline teaching will continue in blended mode, he pointed out.

In Delhi, schools for students of Classes IX to XII reopened on September 1.

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