Bhubaneswar: State government on Tuesday declared morning classes in schools from April 2.In the wake of rising temperature in almost all parts of the state, government review the situation. No school will remain open after 11am, according to the government order.
“In government schools, midday meal will be served at 10am,” a senior officer said.
The order came a day the mercury touched 42.2 degree Celsius, the highest temperature recorded in the month of March since 1952. The Met office has forecast further rise in the temperature in the coming days.
“Morning classes are a boon for children as the heat has become unbearable. Many public schools close between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, when the sun is at its blistering best,” said Madhabi Rath, a homemaker.
Classes in all schools, including those managed by private parties, has to be rescheduled between 6.30am and 10.30am from April 2. The new academic session will begin from April 1 when all schools will observe Pravesh Divas along with Utkal Divas, Odisha’s statehood day, the government circular said.
Headmasters too have been asked to make provisions for drinking water in the schools without tubewells. All schools would create awareness on heatwave and dedicate at least one period for it. Students should be asked to come to school with umbrella and water bottles during the summer months.