Delhi schools, colleges to remain closed till Sunday: Manish Sisodia
New Delhi : As toxic smog engulfed the national capital, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday announced that all Delhi schools and colleges will remain closed till Sunday.
"Delhi's air quality is getting worse. In this situation, there can be no compromise on children's health," Sisodia, also the Education Minister, said in a tweet.
On Tuesday, the Delhi government had declared no classes for all the students up to class V and also banned all outdoor activities by the schools.
The directive came as the air quality in Delhi and NCR dropped to the "severe" level with an average range of dangerous PM2.5 particles measured at 475 micrograms per cubic meter in the region.
The "severe" level between 400 and 500 of PM2.5 "affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases",according to Central Pollution Control Board.
दिल्ली में हवा की स्थिति बिगड़ रही है। ऐसे में बच्चों के स्वास्थ्य से समझौता नहीं किया जा सकता। रविवार तक दिल्ली के सभी स्कूल बंद रखने के निर्देश दिए हैं।— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 8, 2017
Most schools in the NCR region also remained closed due to prevailing severe air condition in the region.