In view of the national capital consistently recording “very poor” air quality this season, the Directorate of Education has issued orders for all Delhi schools to remain shut until further notice due to city’s high air pollution levels.
During this time, only online classes will run.
“The environment department has directed to close all the schools with immediate effect till further orders of the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and adjoining areas. Therefore, all government and private schools will remain closed till further orders,” Additional Director of Education Rita Sharma said.
“However, online teaching learning activities and the examinations for board classes would be conducted as per guidelines issued earlier,” the official said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on November 13 announced schools will stay closed for a week starting from Monday. A day later, the Haryana government announced closure of schools in four cities — Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhijar — from Monday as well.
The city recorded 382 on the air quality index (AQI) at 9 am today, once again falling in the “very poor” air quality category.
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.