Parents and school bodies in Delhi seek resumption of offline classes

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Sahej
2 months ago
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• air pollution
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Parents and school bodies in Delhi  seek resumption of offline classes

Source- IndianExpress 

Several school bodies and parents of students have continued pressing their demands for reopening of educational institutions in Delhi after they were closed again in cognizance of the Supreme Court's criticism of the steps taken by the Delhi Government for controlling the alarming pollution levels in the city. After a year and a half, schools had finally opened for students of all classes, including the primary and middle school students, on the 1st of November. But a spike in the air pollution level forced their closure two weeks later. They were again reopened on the 29th of November only to be shut again on the 2nd of December after the Supreme Court reprimanded the Delhi government and the Centre over steps being taken to combat air pollution in the capital. The apex court had criticized the Delhi Government for resuming physical classes amidst a spike in pollution. 

 

 

More than 500 parents have jointly written to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCRPR), seeking its intervention in the matter. Parents have cited several concerns for the same. “The benefit of closing schools to protect children from air pollution is unclear. Since air purifiers are expensive, a tiny percentage of Delhi homes will have them. Most Delhi children, therefore, breathe the same air at home — they are not benefiting from school closure; on the contrary, they are suffering further learning and health losses…,” the filed representation stated. It further added“We request the DCPCR, as the custodian of rights of Delhi’s children, to please file an application for intervention in Aditya Dubey (minor) & Anr. v. Union of India & Ors to place on record the extreme costs of prolonged school closures for our children. We hope that your intervention in this matter will assist the Supreme Court of India and relevant Delhi authorities (including the Lt-Governor and the elected Delhi government) in striking the correct balance between rights and well-being of Delhi’s children and other considerations,”. 

 

 

RC Jain of the Delhi State Public Schools’ Management Association asserted that prolonged closure of schools infringed the children's right to education. “Children have forgotten how to write, especially those who are unable to join online classes… It can be seen that the pollution levels are much lower now and schools should be opened,” he added, urging that schools be reopened by December 15. 

 

Also read: Handling Back-to-School Anxiety After Schools Reopen

 

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