The Delhi government on Saturday said schools would be continuing as ration distribution and COVID-19 vaccination centres, despite reopening of the schools for classes 9 to 12 from September 1.
"There are plenty of classrooms and no dearth of space. Vaccination and ration distribution will continue in schools where it is underway," said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The government made the announcement of school reopening in phase wise manner starting from higher classes, following the recommendations of Delhi Disaster Management’s expert committee.
"Since students of only four classes are being called in the first phase, space will not be a major issue. The vaccination area will be kept separate from where students are allowed," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
Asked about concerns of a possible third wave of the pandemic, the chief minister said, "Today the Covid situation in Delhi is under control. Earlier, parents were reluctant too but now parents also want their children to go to schools and study in a classroom setup."
"We will be reopening schools slowly. If the need to close them arises again, we will see," he added.
Following the decision by the government to reopen schools, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia reiterated that no student will be forced to attend physical classes.
"We will soon issue detailed SOP and guidelines for reopening. No student will be forced to attend physical classes, they will have the option to continue with online classes," he said.
While majority of schools have welcomed the decision to reopen, parents are still divided about the idea amid concerns of an imminent third wave of COVID-19. (With PTI inputs)