New Delhi: After nearly a week of horrific violence in the national capital, government schools in the northeast regions of Delhi which were closed in view of communal riots will temporarily reopen for principals and staff to monitor the situation, the Directorate of Education (DoE) said on Friday. Also Read - CBSE Takes Big Step For Students' Wellness With A New App. Deets Inside
“The schools will open tomorrow for heads and all staff. A meeting of the school management committee (SMC) will be convened, during which the present situation will be assessed comprehensively to explore the possibility of creating a conducive atmosphere for conducting board examinations as well as annual school exams,” a senior DoE official announced. Also Read - Amid Student Demands, Education Ministry Postpones All Offline Exams This Month
The schools which were shut down on February 25, for four consecutive days, as clashes aggravated, were earlier slated to be closed for the entire week and resume classes on Monday as per the scenario. Also Read - Oxygen Shortage: Delhi's Madhukar Rainbow Children Hospital Raises Alarm, AAP's Raghav Chadha Steps In
The heads have been asked to visit their respective schools and prepare comprehensive reports stating the present state of preparedness and the earliest time by when schools can reopen and examinations can be conducted.
Earlier today, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) announced that board exams dated March 2 and onwards will be conducted as per schedule if the situation is contained. The board has already postponed exams in the agitation-hit area held till February 29. The CBSE had said it will conduct fresh examination for students who couldn’t appear for papers in parts of Northeast Delhi that were gripped in violence.
Several schools were vandalised in the communally driven violence that has taken as many as 42 lives. Images of a school burnt down surfaced on social media yesterday after reports suggested it was used as a launchpad for attacks for about 24 hours. It was alleged that the mob had used ropes, known to be hanging from the building of DRP Convent School, to climb down. The mob had caused massive damage to the school property by smashing blackboard and burning down furniture. Visuals of books lying on the ground were also available.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that children who have lost their books and uniforms in the violence, will be provided with the same ‘free of cost’.
The AAP government also made arrangements to distribute food and shelter on a large scale to all those who lost lives, property and are still trapped in the violence-hit areas in Northeast Delhi. The communal violence had sparked on Sunday following protests over the amended citizenship law.
Over 200 people have been injured in Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Babarpur, Yamuna Vihar, Bhajanpura, Chand Bagh and Shiv Vihar – some of the worst affected areas in the riots, among others.