Thursday, 20 January 2022

Colleges and Schools closed in Delhi with immediate effect due to a spike in Omicron cases

Colleges and Schools closed in Delhi with immediate effect due to a spike in Omicron cases

With the due surge in cases of Omicron variant, the Delhi government, on December 28, announced the shutdowns of Colleges and Schools closed in Delhi and other educational institutes with immediate effect.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) declared a "yellow alert" amid COVID-19 cases and positivity rate spike.

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Key things to know about the Colleges and Schools closed in Delhi:

  • Under the "yellow alert," schools, colleges, training and coaching institutions, and libraries are to remain shut.
  • The Directorate of Education (DoE) later clarified that in addition to online classes, examinations and related activities such as practicals, projects, and assignments for classes 9 to 12 would be conducted according to schedule.
  • School administration is also allowed to function for CBSE registration work, examinations, and other related activities, including projects and assignments.
  • Schools and colleges in Delhi have faced frequent closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and spiraling pollution levels.
  • Schools were permitted to reopen from December 18 for students above class 6, after being closed due to alarming pollution levels in Delhi. The government had earlier also announced that physical classes for students up to class five could begin from December 27.
  • The DDMA's decision to shut schools has evoked mixed reactions from parents, school principals, and education experts.
  • Delhi Parents Association (DPA) president Aprajita Gautam said the constant shutting and reopening of schools have a "worsen" effect on the mental health of students. "We have all witnessed the total failure of planning and execution from the government this year. Schools constantly closing and reopening has had an undeniably deteriorating effect on students' mental health," Gautam said, as quoted in a PTI report.
  • The yellow alert, which comes under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), was sounded after Delhi reported the most significant single-day spike in COVID-19 infections in over six months with 331 new cases, pushing the positivity rate to 0.67 percent.

According to the health ministry's latest update the national capital has also reported the maximum number of Omicron cases in India at 238. India has detected 781 instances of the Omicron variant of coronavirus across 21 states and UTs.

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