Delhi air pollution: Primary schools to remain shut till Nov 10

New Delhi, Nov 5 (Representative) Amid severe air pollution grappling the national capital, the Delhi government on Sunday announced the closure of primary schools till November 10, and the schools have been given the option of shifting to online classes for students in grades 6 to 12. Delhi Education Minister Atishi informed about it and said that due to poor air quality, primary schools in Delhi will remain shut till November 10. Atishi posted on X, “As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till November 10. For grades 6-12, schools are being given the option of shifting to online classes.” It is known that the air quality in Delhi continued to remain in the poor category on Sunday.

It is believed that students are more vulnerable to air pollution. On Saturday, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai wrote to Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, seeking a ban on the entry of ‘polluting vehicles’ in the National Capital Region. He also sought to convene a meeting with the neighbouring states’ environment ministers over the rising pollution issue. In a letter to Yadav, Gopal Rai urged him to effectively ban the entry of vehicles non-compliant with BS VI norms into Delhi from neighbouring states and also to ban such vehicles in the NCR, so that the contribution of air pollution from vehicles can be controlled.