Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Delhi government on Friday directed all schools to suspend the morning assembly in view to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the national capital. Earlier, the authorities had ordered to shut all the private and government primary schools till March 31. According to Directorate of Education (DoE) officials, while elaborate guidelines have been issued about preventive measures for coronavirus, students of nursery and primary classes are too young to understand the risk, making them more prone to infectious diseases.
Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, tweeted, "As a precautionary measure to prevent the possibility of spread of COVID-19 amongst our children, Delhi Government has directed immediate closure of all primary schools (Govt/ aided/ private/MCD/NDMC) till 31/3/20(sic)."
A senior DoE official said, "Elaborate guidelines have already been issued. However, students of nursery and primary classes are too young to understand the risks associated with COVID-19. Thus they are more prone to infectious diseases and mingle around with classmates more often."
"It will be good if they are trained in the do's and dont's under the care and supervision of their parents at home. However, students of classes other than primary will continue to come to schools or examination centres for writing their examination as per schedule. The teaching as well as non-teaching staff will also attend regular school," the official said.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also announced that the government will launch two-day verification drive for release of compensation for victims of Delhi violence.
(With Agency Inputs)