As air pollution in the national capital continues to reach alarming levels, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the critical decision to temporarily close all government and private primary schools in the city for the next two days.
Kejriwal conveyed this decision through a social media announcement, stating, “In light of the rising pollution levels, all govt and private primary schools in Delhi will remain closed for the next 2 days.”
During this temporary closure, online classes will be conducted for students in schools under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). However, the physical premises of these schools will remain open for teachers and staff members.
The Directorate of Education, Delhi, issued an official order specifying that all preschool, pre-primary, and primary classes, encompassing Nursery to Class V, will be suspended during this two-day period. The order further indicated that teachers responsible for these classes will continue to conduct lessons via online mode.
Delhi has grappled with severely hazardous air quality conditions in recent days, marked by an Air Quality Index (AQI) categorized as “severe.” This deteriorating air quality is attributed to a combination of factors, including crop stubble burning in neighboring states, emissions from vehicles, and industrial pollution.
Kejriwal’s decision to close primary schools temporarily aligns with efforts to protect the health and well-being of students amidst the ongoing air quality crisis.