Primary Schools Reopen in Delhi after Short Break Due To Pollution

Published: November 9,2022 12:39 PM

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The primary schools in Delhi reopened on Wednesday after remaining closed since November 5 following a government order

November 9, 2022: The primary schools in Delhi reopened on Wednesday after remaining closed since November 5 following a government order. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday announced that the primary schools will reopen from today (November 9) and the ban on outdoor activities of classes senior to them has also been lifted.

This ban was imposed in the wake of increasing pollution and the decreasing air quality of the national capital. These directions were issued in view of the Central government's panel Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) to revoke the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) stage 4 after the national capital's air quality turned 'severe' last week, many parents are unhappy with the government's decision as they are of the opinion that it is difficult for these minors to manage in such polluted air.

"It would have been better if the children were kept at home only as it is difficult for them to manage as neither there is much greenery nor the Delhi schools are capable enough to provide facilities to students. Around 80 per cent of students in my child's class have a sore throat and this pollution can affect their health severely," said a parent Upasana. She further suggested that even if it is necessary to reopen the schools, they should ensure certain provisions like placing an air purifier in the class and teaching in closed rooms, otherwise it would be a toll on their health and a torture for the parents, she added.

Notably, the air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the 'very poor' category on Wednesday morning with an overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 329, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), while on the morning of Tuesday, the overall AQI of the city stood at 321. Parents also feel that dropping off their children at the schools amid this pollution is "another challenge" for them and the schools should have remained shut.

"It is huge problem and is challenging for us to drop them off amid this pollution. We can't even send them via bus and rather prefer dropping them off in our own vehicles. I think schools should have remained shut until the air quality improves," said another parent Braj. While some parents believe that school reopening is a good decision, others are of the opinion that online education was easy and safe for minors.

"Senior students have enough sense to manage but it turns difficult when we talk about the minors. I believe the primary section should be given 15 days more leaves," said Rani. It is pertinent to note that the National Capital Region (NCR) also continued to witness bad air on Wednesday as Noida also registered very poor air quality with an AQI of 380 while Gurugram's AQI stood at 336 and continued to remain in the 'very poor' category.(ANI)