COVID-19: Delhi schools to remain closed till July 31

The government's decision came after a meeting with education officials

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Schools in Delhi will continue to remain closed till July 31 in view of the COVID-19 situation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Friday.

"Reopening schools is not merely a technical work, rather, it is a creative work that would give schools a new and bigger role. Schools will continue to be closed in Delhi till July 31," Sisodia said.

The government's decision came after a meeting with the education department officials.

"Experiences related to continuing education through various programmes during the lockdown situation induced by COVID 19, were also discussed. Various points on introducing specific plans for every class were also discussed in the meeting,” read a statement issued by the Deputy Chief Minister's Office.

According to reports, the proposal to cut syllabus upto 50 per cent for the current academic year was discussed at the meeting.

“One of the suggestions in the meeting was that primary classes should be held once or twice in a week with the strength of 12-15 students in a class. Another point was made that classes can be conducted on alternate days for students of classes 3 to 5," read the release. 

Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio, had written to Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, suggesting the steps to be taken to see schools in the new role.

The novel coronavirus cases in Delhi continue to show an alarming upward trend, with the national capital recently surpassing Mumbai to become India's worst-hit city.