Delhi Schools Closed Due to Alarming Air Pollution: Online Classes Continue

Honey Gupta
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced the closure of all government and private primary schools in the city for the next two days due to the alarming increase in air pollution levels. However, online classes will continue, and schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will remain open for teachers and staff.

The Directorate of Education in Delhi has suspended physical classes for preschool, pre-primary, and primary students (Nursery to Class V) for these two days, with teachers conducting classes online.

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Delhi has been facing severe air pollution, primarily due to factors like crop residue burning in neighboring states, vehicle emissions, and industrial pollution. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city has reached dangerous levels, with the latest reading at 402, the worst this season.

This decision follows the Commission of Air Quality Management’s order, which initiated measures outlined under Stage III of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for ‘severe’ air quality. The AQI is expected to worsen due to unfavorable weather conditions. Some of the strict measures include a ban on non-essential construction and demolition activities.

The GRAP categorizes actions into four stages: Stage I – ‘poor’ (AQI 201-300); Stage II – ‘very poor’ (AQI 301-400); Stage III – ‘severe’ (AQI 401-450); and Stage IV – ‘severe plus’ (AQI above 450).

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