The Surat district education administration Saturday directed all schools running noon shift to shift to morning shift till the drinking water crisis is over.
In a notification issued by the district education officer (DEO) on Saturday, over 1,000 principals of panchayat and private schools in the district have been asked to pre-pone the timings of their respective schools to morning hours as several villages in Surat district are facing acute water shortage.
Most of the primary and secondary schools in Surat district are having noon shift -10.30 am to 5.30 pm.
Due to the water shortage, nowadays students are forced to fetch water themselves.
Talking to The Sunday Express, U N Rathod, District Education Officer, Surat DEO said, “There are over thousands schools comprising primary and secondary sections in Surat district and majority of them run in afternoon. We have come across complaints from panchayat schools from Umarpada, Mandvi, and Olpad talukas about water shortage. The water level in the school bore have gone down over 300-feet below and the school staffers manage to bring water daily from known sources. The students get more thirsty in the afternoon than in the morning session. So we have directed the school authorities to change the school timings from afternoon to morning.”
Umarpada Taluka Education Officer Rajesh Patel said, “There are over 150 schools in our taluka, out of which over 60 to 70 schools face drinking water problem.”