The Delhi government stated on Thursday that beginning December 18, all schools in the national capital will start physical education programmes for children in grades 6 and up, according to news agency ANI.
This comes after the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) approved the immediate reopening of schools for kids in grades 6 and above, as well as colleges and other educational institutions in Delhi-NCR.
According to news agency PTI, the Centre’s pollution control board declared, “Physical classes for pupils up to class 5 can begin from December 27.”
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said earlier this week that the education department had submitted a proposal to open schools, colleges, and institutes for kids in grades 6 and up immediately, and for primary pupils after December 20.
As directed by the Supreme Court, these recommendations were referred to CAQM for approval.
The Commission also stated that it received numerous submissions advocating for the “imperative necessity” of opening the schools and educational institutions.
Schools in Delhi reopened for full classes on November 29, however they were shuttered again on December 3 due to high levels of air pollution in the national capital.
The ruling came after the Delhi administration was chastised by the Supreme Court for opening schools despite the city’s soaring air pollution levels.
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