Delhi Schools Shut Again After SC Rap Over Air Pollution
The Morning Standard|December 03, 2021
Hours after being pulled up by Supreme Court for reopening schools despite alarming pollution levels, the Delhi government on Thursday ordered shutting down of all educational institutions in the city again. The board examinations will, however, go on as scheduled.

The Supreme Court rap for the government came on a day the city’s air quality plunged back to ‘severe’ zone after remaining in the ‘very poor’ category over the past three days. As per the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi’s 24-hour average air quality index on Thursday was 429 as against 370 the previous day.

Delhi’s environment minister Gopal Rai said in a statement that all schools, colleges, coaching centers, libraries and other educational and training institutes will be closed with “immediate effect until further review”. “Institutes, where exams are being conducted, will be exempt from the order,” said Rai. He added that schools will be closed for all classes.

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