The Delhi government’s education department has announced summer vacation for all government and government-aided schools in the national capital. The summer vacations will be observed from May 11 to June 30, as per the official notification released by the Directorate of Education (DOE).
In view of the COVID-19 situation, students will not be called to schools, however, vacation staff can be called by schools principals for any school-related work such as academic, admission, examination etc., as per DoE’s order.
“During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school related work (academic, admission, examination etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time,” the official statement said.
The Delhi government had last Monday announced that students of Classes 9 to 12 should not be called to school for classes or exams. “It is clarified that no student of class 9 to 12 should be physically called to school for exams, practicals or any academic and non-academic activity,” the DoE said in official order.
The decision has been taken after the surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital.
Delhi Schools Reopening
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday informed that the government will consider reopening schools only once coronavirus cases are under control.
“Across the world, wherever schools were opened experimentally, coronavirus spread among children. We cannot think of opening schools till COVID-19 is under control,” Mr Kejriwal told NDTV in an interview.
“Online education for classes may be possible, but going to school physically for education in form of interaction, sports, activities and labs cannot be substituted. So, that will have to return someday,” the chief minister added.