New Delhi, Jan. 13 -- Delhi government on Wednesday allowed schools to re-open in the national capital from 18 January, officials said.

The schools will re-open for class 10 and 12 in order to "conduct activities pertaining to pre-board preparation and practical work," Delhi government said.

"The Govt and Govt aided/unaided schools may call students of Class 10 and 12 only to school from 18th January. The child should be called to school only with the consent of parents," the official statement added.

The government also added that while the records of children coming to school be maintained, the same should not be used for attendance purpose as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents.

Schools across India were ...