Students Will Not Be Forced To Attend Schools, Won't Be Marked Absent: Sisodia

Following the announcement by the Delhi government of a phased opening of schools and colleges, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia stated that no student will be forced to attend classes and that pupils will not be declared missing.

With the government of Delhi announcing the progressive opening of universities, Vice Minister Manish Sisodia said on Friday that no student would be pushed into schools and that parenting agreement would be compulsory for the children to return to the schools.

Sisodia, who is also the education minister, announced this during a press conference in Delhi after a meeting today convened by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), which enabled schools to reopen in stages beginning September 1.

He also stated that a "blended model" will be used, in which online and offline lessons will be held so that individuals who are studying at home do not lose out.

In addition, beginning September 1, colleges, universities, and coaching institutes, as well as schools in the national capital, can reopen, he said.

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"The capital’s educational institutions and tutions have been reopened and covid-19 protocols are strictly being followed. Programs 9 through 12 in all government and private schools, as well as their coaching classes and all colleges and institutions, will be allowed to resume on September 1 "Sisodia stated.

He also stated that the issue will be evaluated in light of how educational institutes are according to COVID-19 guidelines, and that only then will a decision be made regarding the resumption of the remaining classes.

When questioned about the comments he received on July 28 for a decision on restoring educational institutions in the national capital, he responded, "About 70% of people said that schools should be reopened."

"Most of the government educators and other workers in the capital have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Even private schools have reported having a large percentage of immunised employees " He made a point.

Delhi CEO Arvind Kejriwal, who also attended the DDMA meeting today, took to Twitter, "In Delhi, schools are progressively opening up with full caution amid the diminishing incidence of COVID- 19 to reduce the loss of education for children. We must also retrace the life and take care of both children's health and education."

Earlier on 9 August, the Delhi government partially opened Class 10 and 12 schools to attend schools, including admission-related tasks, council counselling, and board examinations.

On February the 5th 2021 schools reopened for Classes 9 to 11 in Delhi following the first COVID-19 wave in March the previous year, but on April 9 they have shut again when instances of COVID-19 surged during the Second Pandemic Wave.

In 24 hours on Thursday, Delhi registered 45 new COVID-19 cases, 21 recoveries, and zero deaths. The metropolitan positivity rate was reported to be 0.06 per cent. Dekhi has 413 current cases of COVID-19, according to the press statement published on Thursday. The total number of cases amounted to 14,37,595, with an increase of 14,12,081. There were a total of 25,080 deaths.