With the city experiencing biting cold in the morning over the past few days, the Delhi government has asked all state-run schools to remain closed for students till Class VIII till Tuesday.
All MCD schools, which reopened briefly after January 1, have suspended classes again because of the cold. They will reopen on January 12. “We are in fact planning to reschedule our winter vacation. Keeping this weather pattern in mind we will close late for the winter break and keep as many holidays as we can in January,” said Vijendra Gupta, chairman of MCD Standing Committee.
Private schools, too, have followed suit. While the East of Kailash and the Vasant Vihar branches of Delhi Public School will reopen on January 12, all branches of Springdales School have extended the break till Tuesday.
“We are reopening tomorrow because we had no way of informing the children about our decision to remain closed for a few more days,” said Anita Malhotra, principal, Summer Fields School, Kailash Colony. “We will, however close again on Tuesday for classes up to VII and reopen only next week.”
Instead of starting school on Monday, the junior wing of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, and Laxman Public School will remain closed till January 9 and January 6, respectively.
“Amity Schools in Delhi and Gurgaon have extended their vacation for nursery, KG and Class I till January 12,” said Savita Mehta, vice-president (public relations) of the Amity group of schools. “Those in Noida and Ghaziabad have made a similar decision but for classes up to V.”
In Noida, the district administration has ordered the closure of government-run primary and junior high schools till January 8.
Although the education department of Haryana has not issued any directions on the extension of the holidays, many schools in Gurgaon are planning to do it. Officials of Shriram School, Gurgaon, said school authorities would hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.