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Poor families forced to stop sending their kids to school due to financial crisis post lockdown

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Pandemic lockdown has inflicted a severe blow on children from poor families in continuing their schooling in the national capital. He said nearly 1.66 lakh students of the schools run by the AAP-ruled Delhi government as well as the BJP ruled Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCDs) have been “missing” from their classroom rosters following the Covid lockdown in the city.

The Delhi Congress chief charged that the Delhi government and the MCDs were “clueless” about the whereabouts of these students. “It is shocking that Manish Sisodia (Delhi deputy chief minister) went to Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, when Delhi was seized of the corona pandemic and the farmers’ protests, to tom-tom about the ‘achievements’ of government schools in Delhi, though his bluff has been called by the missing students’ data,” Kumar alleged.

He said that under the Rights to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, passed by the previous Congress-led UPA government, it is the responsibility of the State to bring out-of-school children to our educational system, but despite lakhs of students remaining “untraced”, the Arvind Kejriwal government and the MCDs have “not bothered to make any sincere effort to find them”.

Kumar said that nearly 31,000 students from the Delhi government schools, 44,000 students from the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, 58,000 students from the Centre’s New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), and 33,600 students from the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, have gone “missing” from their school rosters. He said it was a matter of “serious concern”, especially considering that these children hailing mostly from economically weaker sections of migrant labourers ~ who suffered the worst impact of the Covid pandemic lockdown ~ might have been forced to return to their respective native villages and might have been engaged in child labour.

He wondered that if their educational institutions had not done anything to trace these children, what steps the Delhi government and MCDs have taken to trace them. The DPCC president said it was a question of empowering these poor children through education, and the Delhi government and the MCDs should take the help of all the agencies to bring them back so that they could resume their “broken education”.

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Check dates of summer vacation for schools issued by Delhi government

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The Delhi government has issued an order to all the schools in the national capital regarding the summer vacations. All the schools in Delhi will be shut down for summer vacations from May 11 to June 30, as per the official order.

Though the schools are set to reopen after June 30, the government order has stated that June 28, 29, and 30 will be working days for teachers. The Autumn Break will be from October 12 to 14, 2021 and the winter vacation will be from January 1 to 15, 2022.

Apart from the announcement of the summer vacations for the academic year 2021-22, government and private schools can observe six holidays, which will include two local and four restricted holidays, the order from Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) said.

The schools in Delhi are currently closed and all the students are attending online classes in view of the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases across the national capital. No dates for the resumption of physical classes have been issued by the government yet.

No physical classes, exams in Delhi

A notification issued by the Directorate of Education in this regard also states, “It is clarified that no student of class 9 to 12 should be physically called to school for exams, practicals or any academic and non-academic activity.”

“During the vacation period, Heads of Schools are hereby authorized to call vacation staff as per requirement for any school-related work (academic, admission, examination, etc.) maintaining COVID Appropriate Behavior (CAB) and following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Competent Authorities from time to time,” the order states.

The government of Delhi commenced the new academic session for all the school students from April 1 and classes are being conducted in online mode for now. The government has further clarified that students of classes 9 to 12 will not be called to schools for classes or exams.

The CBSE board exams 2021 for students of Class 12 have also been postponed due to the rise in Covid-19 cases across the nation, while the exams for Class 10 students stand cancelled. The Delhi government has also asked schools to halt the conduction of practical exams for now.

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