Schools not opening for now, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal amid efforts to curb COVID-19
New Delhi: Amid the efforts to curb COVID-19, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday (October 24, 2020) said that the schools in the national capital won't reopen for now.
The schools in Delhi have been closed since the first COVID-19 induced lockdown in March. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on October 4 had announced that schools and colleges will remain closed for students till October 31.
"Schools are not reopening for now," ANI quoted CM Kejriwal as saying.
Notably, several state governments have already resumed classes following the announcement from the Centre that the States and UTs can reopen schools, colleges and education institutions after October 15.
The Department of School Education and Literacy and the Ministry of Education had also issued guidelines for reopening of schools on October 5.
The Centre had directed states to arrange and implement thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, furniture, equipment, stationery, storage places, water tanks, kitchens, canteen, washrooms, laboratories, libraries, etc. on the school campus and ensure airflow in indoor space.
They also ordered schools to form task teams such as Emergency Care Support/Response Team, General Support Team for all stakeholders, Commodity Support Team, Hygiene Inspection Team, etc.
Earlier in the day, CM Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia interacted with some of NEET and JEE qualifying students from Delhi Govt Schools.
"Maximum of them have done this without any formal coaching. They are going to be role models for govt school students not only in Delhi but across the country," expressed Sisodia.
CM @ArvindKejriwal, interacted with some of NEET & JEE qualifying students from Delhi Govt Schools.
Maximum of them have done this without any formal coaching.
They are going to be role models for govt school students not only in Delhi but across the country. pic.twitter.com/u9T07p4SOg
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 24, 2020
Meanwhile, Delhi's coronavirus total has increased to 3,52,520, of which, 26,467 are still active. The national capital has also witnessed 6,225 COVID-19 related deaths.
— CMO Delhi (@CMODelhi) October 24, 2020