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Schools shut till March 31, exams postponed

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Following the coronavirus outbreak, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday directed private and Government schools to postpone the ongoing exams and remain closed till March 31.

According to the circular issued by Director of Education (DoE) on Thursday, the heads of schools, teaching and non-teaching staff and students of the Government, aided, private and local bodies have been instructed to remain at home till 31st March. 

“The ongoing annual examinations have been also postponed from March 19 to March 31,” read the order issued by the DoE. The notification also clarified that the evaluation work of annual exams would continue to be carried out by the concerned teachers from their homes.

The DoE also informed that the revised schedule of annual school examinations in districts including North East and East Delhi also stands postponed till March 31.

Referring to an earlier order issued by the CBSE pertaining to a postponement of board exams, the DoE said, “CBSE Board examinations will be rescheduled after March 31, 2020. CBSE has further informed us that the re-examinations rescheduled for North-East Delhi have been further rescheduled.”

The DoE directed the all head of schools to disseminate the information among the teaching, non-teaching staff, students and parents through messages and phone calls.

The head of schools was further directed to remain available on phones for students and their colleagues to reach out to them when in need of clarification.

The DoE also said besides schools all colleges, ITIs, polytechnics in the city of Delhi shall remain closed till 31st March 2020. “All ongoing examinations colleges in Delhi shall be rescheduled after 31st March 2020,” said the DoE.

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