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As AQI level betters Delhi reopen schools for Class 6 onwards from tomorrow

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to open schools for Class 6 and above from tomorrow after the Commission for Air Quality Management gave its nod to reopen the schools in the Delhi-NCR in a phased manner as the air quality in the national capital started improving.

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Physical classes in schools (Class 6 onwards), colleges, educational institutions, skill development and training institutes, other training institutes and libraries in Delhi NCR can resume with immediate effect, the centre’s Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) said today.

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Physical classes for students upto Class 5 can resume from December 27 after examining the Air Quality Index (AQI) and the winter vacation schedule, the panel added.

Even though the Commission for Air Quality Management has given its nod for reopening of the schools, the air quality in the national capital region still remain in the in the ‘very poor’ quality. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi stood at 339 on Friday.

As per the India Meteorological Department report, Delhi has been covered in a layer of ‘shallow fog’ today, and the temperature could drop below to around 8°C.

Notably, the Delhi government on December 2 had directed that Delhi schools will remain closed until further orders after the Supreme Court pulled it up for the opening them amid the rising air pollution.

Before that, all schools and other educational institutions in the national capital were reopened on November 29 after a gap of more than two weeks. Earlier too, these educational institutes were shut due to high air pollution levels.

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To tackle increasing air pollution levels in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on November 13 had announced a ‘pollution lockdown’ under which the schools were closed for physical classes for a week. Classes, however, continued through online mediums.

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