Delhi Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday informed that all primary schools will remain closed on Wednesday. He said that if needed will extend order till day after.
Sisodia said that outdoor activities including assemblies should not take place in schools.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked his deputy and Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider shutting schools for a few days in view of the high pollution in the city.
Delhi woke up to 'severe' air quality on Tuesday with a thick haze blanketing the city as pollution levels breached permissible standards by multiple times.
"Considering high level of pollution, I have requested Manish Sisodia, Education Minister, to consider closing schools for few days," Kejriwal tweeted.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) IMA has also appealed to the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on the health of the children.
The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze.
By 10 am on Tuesday, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded 'severe' air quality, meaning the intensity of pollution was extreme.
With PTI inputs