“Dive into the intricate details surrounding the Delhi school closure saga as the Arvind Kejriwal government reverses a winter vacation extension, citing a mistake. Unpack the implications for schools up to class 5 amidst extreme cold conditions, and explore the withdrawn order’s nuances. Stay immersed in the evolving narrative of Delhi’s education landscape amid unpredictable weather patterns.”

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In a dramatic twist, the educational landscape in Delhi is currently under the spotlight as schools up to class 5 brace for a five-day closure due to the unforgiving grip of harsh cold weather. The recent flip-flop by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on a directive extending the winter vacation for all government-aided and unaided private schools until January 10 has left parents, educators, and students bewildered. This decision, initially justified by the prevalence of extreme cold waves and an IMD yellow alert, has now been attributed to a mistake by the Department of Education.

The rollercoaster ride began with an order, No.DE.23(3)/Sch.Br./2024/18 dated January 6, 2024, that extended the winter break, citing ‘extreme cold waves and IMD’s yellow alert.’ The move was intended to shield students from the harsh weather conditions prevailing in the national capital territory (NCT). However, the Department of Education swiftly issued a revised order, withdrawing the extension with immediate effect. The statement read, “Order No.DE.23(3)/Sch.Br./2024/18 dated: January 6, 2024, regarding the extension of Winter Vacation stands withdrawn with immediate effect. Further instructions on this matter may be issued in due course,” as reported by ANI.

The abrupt about-face has prompted questions about the decision-making process and the communication within the administrative channels. Parents and school authorities alike were caught off guard, as the winter vacation extension was announced and retracted within a short span.

To add to the complexity, the Department of Education clarified that the initial extension was indeed a mistake, emphasizing that the decision on the matter was supposed to be reached on January 8. This clarification introduces an element of uncertainty and raises eyebrows about the coherence of the administrative procedures in place.


The backdrop to this saga is the weather conditions experienced in Delhi on January 6, characterized by overcast skies and dense fog. The highest temperature recorded during the day was 15.2 degrees Celsius, with the early morning low standing at 8.9 degrees. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had reported a minimum temperature of 8.3 degrees Celsius on January 2, slightly above the normal range. RWFC Delhi’s forecast includes dense to very dense fog at isolated places and the possibility of cold day to severe cold day conditions in Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi until January 7.

This episode of school closures is not an isolated incident in Delhi’s recent history. In November, the Delhi government had announced an early winter break for all schools, scheduled from November 9 to 18. The decision to reschedule the winter break was prompted by severe air pollution levels, underscoring the challenges posed by environmental factors in the region.

As the narrative unfolds, the impact on students, parents, and educational institutions is palpable. The uncertainty surrounding the winter break extension and subsequent withdrawal highlights the need for clear and effective communication channels between the government and stakeholders. The weather conditions, characterized by cold waves and dense fog, add an extra layer of complexity to the situation, necessitating adaptive responses from both educational authorities and the public.

The Delhi school closure saga reflects the delicate balance between safeguarding students from adverse weather conditions and the need for transparent and well-coordinated administrative decisions. The evolving narrative serves as a reminder of the challenges posed by unpredictable weather patterns and the importance of clear communication in ensuring the well-being of students and the smooth functioning of educational institutions in the national capital.


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