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Delhi govt to shut primary wings of schools for three days due to intense cold
Starting Thursday primary wings of Delhi government schools shall remain shut for three days due to intense cold in the capital. The classes had resumed just a few days back after the long break due to odd-even car plan which had ended in Delhi on January 15.

January has so far been a month full of holidays for Delhi school kids, after schools remained shut for 15 days in wake of the odd-even scheme trial in the capital from January 1 to 15. 

The government's directorate of education (DoE) on Wednesday announced relaxed timings for higher classes, while advising private unaided schools to shut primary classes (KG to 5) and observe similar relaxed timings for senior classes.

However private schools were still undecided on the timings or on shutting primary classes till late Wednesday. After the DoE's circular was issued close to 700 schools which are run by north and east municipal corporations announced holidays for their primary wings till Saturday.

The DoE circular said, "Morning and general shift government/government-aided schools will start an hour later while evening shift government/ government-aided schools will close an hour before the usual time,"

On Wednesday the mercury plummeted further to 15.1 degree Celsius, five degree below normal, making it the coldest day of this winter season in the capital. The forecast for the days lying ahead predicts even colder weather.

On Tuesday, Ghaziabad and Noida administration too had ordered closure of schools for two days due to intense cold wave.

However private unaided schools have expressed their displeasure at the government's decision and are most likely to remain open. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales School said, "The government cannot shut schools at the drop of a hat. It hampers their functioning. Schools run even in extreme weather conditions in hill stations."

Some teachers have also rightly pointed out that with exams round the corner, it would be a bad idea to shut schools now. LV Sehgal, principal of Bal Bharti School located on Ganga Ram Road said that the school had decided to take a feedback from parents and students before declaring holidays.

Most private schools are expected to arrive at a decision today. 

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