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Another education body writes to LG with request to reopen schools

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Another major private school body in Delhi has written to the Lieutenant Governor requesting the reopening of schools closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The National Progressive Schools’ Conference (NPSC) raised the issue of the learning losses suffered by children to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

“Delhi schools have had pandemic driven closures for about a colossal span of two years and this has taken a massive toll on (the) mental and physical health of students of all age groups. The present scenario is keeping huge learning gaps leading to a generational catastrophe which will unfailingly have a long-term and deep-rooted repercussion. The WHO, UNICEF and global medical experts stated in clear terms that the spread of the virus is not related to the opening of the schools. In fact, when all public places have reopened, there is absolutely no justification to keep schools closed,” says the letter.

NPSC chairperson Sudha Acharya clarified that their demand is for schools to be allowed to reopen for all grades, and not just senior classes. “Reopening schools will accelerate resilience building and navigate the mental issues of students with immediate effect,” reads the letter. Before the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting last week, the Delhi government had stated its support for school reopening, but at the meeting, it was decided to defer discussions till the next meeting.

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