In what will come as a relief for students and parents, all government and private schools in Delhi will reopen from Monday following a decline in pollution levels. The announcement was made by the Delhi government on Saturday.
According to SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), the average air quality index in Delhi on Saturday was 317, which falls in the ‘very poor’ category.
While the schools will reopen, the government said that there will be a ban on outdoor sports activities and morning assemblies for one week.
On November 8, after a dip in air quality and the enforcement of Stage IV of the Graded Response Action Plan, the education department had declared an early winter break from November 9-18.
The announcement on reopening schools came hours after the improvement in Delhi’s air quality from ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ prompted the Commission for Air Quality Management, a statutory body responsible for formulating strategies to combat pollution in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas, to order the removal of GRAP-IV curbs.