New Delhi: Government schools in Delhi have been asked to stay closed between January 1 and 15 and private schools will be stable to follow suit as the national capital battles horrible levels of pollution worsened by the winter.
The move comes amid comment over a proposal to allow cars with odd and even numbers on optional days in the first two weeks of the new year to curb air pollution.
Among the plans part of the tentative system is a proposal to rope in 6,000 private buses to run as public transport in the city. Since about 2,000 of them will be school buses, a call has been made to close the schools during the period.
We will only take conclusion after consulting schools. We have 26 lakh children in Delhi schools, they are big stakeholders. There has been a proposal to shut schools between 1st to 15th January. We are considering it, Delhi education minister and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said on Friday.
The Education Department had also issued a circular dated November 27, before the declaration of the odd-even system, asking government schools to develop their winter breaks till January 15.
Winter breaks are often enhanced for fog and the cold. It won’t be a problem.
Many private schools in Delhi have still declare a slew of measures to defend students from the toxic air quality in the national capital, including advisories for the use of anti-pollution masks and suspending outdoor activities.