Delhi Government has permitted the reopening of schools for students of classes 10, 12 from January 18, 2021. It has also proposed that the schools may conduct pre-board examinations for Class 12 from March 20 to April 15 and those for Class 10 from April 1 to April 15. The proposal has been welcomed by the school principals in the capital.

Academicians have been long asking for a period of about 100 days of physical classroom coaching for students before the board examinations. Reopening of schools for board going classes would provide schools some time to help students prepare for the final exams.

Many school principals in the national capital have expressed happiness over the decision, saying that it would give them ‘ample time and good atmosphere for preparing for board exams’. Though the attendance is still voluntary and would require parental consent, principals are hopeful of a positive response.

“The decision to call students will help them to prepare for their upcoming board exams. Also, there are a number of steps that the school authorities will take to ensure that the students stay safe from the infection. The safest way for the students to commute to school would be via the private vehicles of their parents and guardians,” said Alka Kapur, Principal, Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh told

“At a time, only a certain number of students would be present in the class which would allow the school authorities to easily maintain proper physical distancing among the students and further reduce the chances of infection getting spread,” she said.

COVID 19 guidelines have been shared with schools and would be followed effectively. The classes in the city would resume after nearly 10 months when the schools were shut in March 2020.

Priyanka Barara, Principal, MRG School, Rohini, has urged that parents should send the kids to schools as it would help build confidence to appear for the board examination.

“The decision to reopen the schools comes around just the right time, when vaccination drive has been started around India. These announcements reflect the forthcoming positive times. It is not a compulsion stated by the Delhi government, but as a principal my recommendation to parents would be to send their wards to school for better board preparations and also to break the mundane cycle of remote learning.”

“We will be ensuring complete safety protocols in our campus, and would maintain social distancing at all times, with mandatory temperature checks. This is a crucial time for students preparing for boards, so detailed and classroom learning would be a big support to their exam preparations,” Barara said.

“Reopening of schools for 10 & 12 was a much awaited notification. It will help students to solve doubts, refocus on weak areas, polish their strengths and warm up before board exams. Above all, the entire school fraternity is pleased to have our heartbeats back in school campuses,” pointed out Jyoti Arora, Principal, Mount Abu School.

CBSE Board Exams 2021 for Class 10 and 12 are scheduled to be conducted from May 3, 2021 to June 10, 2021. Over 3 lakh students have registered from the Delhi region for the Class 10 while over 2.5 lakh candidates have registered for the Class 12 exam this year.

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