With the state reeling under an intense heat wave since the last fortnight, the education department has decided to advance the summer vacations across classes. The junior classes will now stop for summer break from Thursday, while the vacations for senior classes will start from May 8.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Secretary (Education) said that the summer vacation timings have been changed in the wake of intense heatwave conditions that have been prevailing in the state. “This is causing serious problems for the children going to school. It may also have an ill effect on their health,” the statement said.
It has now been decided that Classes 1 to 8 of all the government and private schools will remain suspended for the summer break from April 28. While, vacations of Classes 9 to 12 will start from May 8.
Besides, the classes for 9 to 12 will run between 6.30 am and 10.30 am from April 28 to May 7.
Earlier, the education department had directed that the timings of the schools be scheduled to 7 am to 11.30 am from the usual timing of 8 am to 1 pm due to the heat wave.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department, most of the cities in the state have been experiencing temperatures nearly three degrees Celsius above average. Jamshedpur has been consistently recording temperatures around 45 degrees Celsius for over a week now. On Wednesday, Bokaro, Daltonganj (Palamu), Dumka and Giridih recorded maximum temperature of 43 degrees Celsius, while Chaibasa experienced a high of 44 degrees Celsius. Deoghar recorded 42 degrees Celsius, while Ranchi remained relatively cooler at 41 degrees Celsius.