Dy CM Sisodia calls a meeting with senior DoE officers to take a decision on reopening schools in Delhi.

Office of the Deputy Chief Minister
Govt. Of NCT of Delhi

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia convened a meeting with the Secretary Education, Director of Education, and other senior officers from the Directorate, along with the District Deputy Director of Education, to decide on the subject of reopening schools in Delhi.

Schools in Delhi will remain closed till July 31- Dy CM Sisodia after DoE meeting

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. It was also decided to keep all schools closed till 31st July keeping in mind the current coronavirus situation.

It should be noted that Hon’ble Deputy CM had also written a letter to Hon’ble Union HRD Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, early this month, suggesting the steps to see schools in the new role.

The aim of today’s meeting was to design a plan of action for schools so that whenever they reopen after July, they are well prepared.- DoE official

A district-wise report based on the suggestions from 829 teachers from Delhi Govt. and Private schools, 61 Head of Schools, 920 students, and 829 parents received online and suggestions from 23262 teachers and 98423 parents at the school level formed the basis of district wise report. This report was presented to the Hon’ble Deputy CM by the Deputy Directors of the DOE, in the presence of the Director, Education and Secretary, Education.

DoE received various suggestions on changing the approach towards reopening of schools. Continuing online classes and activities with the help of parents were agreed upon. Pointers to cut down the syllabus upto 50% were also discussed

Shri Manish Sisodia and his team received various suggestions on changing approaches to learning and reopening of classes in Delhi schools. One of the suggestions in the meeting was that primary classes should be held once or twice in a week with a 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. Continuing with the online classes wherever possible, carrying proper sanitization work in classrooms, distributing masks to students, thermal screening of every student at the school entrance gate, and reduction of the syllabus were some of the major suggestions given at the meeting.

Along the same lines, conducting classes once or twice a week for students of classes 6 to 8 was suggested. It was also proposed at the meeting to conduct classes for three days in a week. DoE officials also stressed on reducing the syllabus by 30 to 50% to reduce the burden of the already stressed-out students. There was also a suggestion to ban students’ mass activity and crowd.

Let’s design a plan to reopen schools in a way that would prepare our students to adjust to the new circumstances and not fear them. It would help our students to learn to live with Corona- Dy CM Sisodia

For classes 9 and 10, it was suggested to the Hon’ble Education Minister that classes should be taken in very small groups once or twice a week. Some members were of the view that Class 10 students should have classes every day. But it was strongly agreed that online classes should not be withdrawn and online library facilities should also continue like before. Videos by the Khan Academy on different subjects for easy learning and understanding of students should also continue.

It was suggested during the meeting that classes of 11th and 12th should be conducted on alternate days and online classes should be carried on remaining days. There was also a suggestion of reducing their syllabus. Some also suggested that only 3 to 4 hours of classes should be carried per day.

In the meeting, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said “ In the light of all the suggestions we should make a plan to reopen schools in a way that would teach the students to live with the corona and prepare them for a new role in new circumstances.”