5 districts tweak school timings due to heatwave in
Jaipur district administration has revised school timings for classes 1-8 from 7:30 am to 11 am with immediate effect considering the unbearable heat wave. The order will be applicable to both the government and private schools. The administration has said the order will not impact the ongoing class 8 board exams. Classes from 9 to 12 will run as per school timings.
This comes a day after education minister BD Kalla empowered the district magistrates (DMs) to take a call on school timings in the wake of the sweltering heat. Earlier during the day, Ajmer and Sikar DMs directed
schools to close at or before noon. Churu, too, decided to change the
timings because of the heatwave.
Many government schools in rural areas have urged the education department to announce a summer break as prolonged power cuts make it unbearable for students to spend 4-5 hours without fans.
Ajmer DM Ansh Deep has directed schools to complete classes by noon. “The order is applicable on both government and private schools and till further orders are issued,” said Deep. Similarly, Jodhpur local administration has also announced a revision in timing for classes 1 to 8 from 7:30 am to 11 am.
The state is under the grip of the heat wave with temperatures soaring up to 45°C. Even the health department has issued an advisory to stay indoors unless there’s unavoidable work outside.
Being a Saturday, very few local administrations took a call on revised school times. It is expected that by Sunday evening, almost all districts will pass similar orders.
Prakash Mishra, spokesperson of Rajasthan Teachers Association (Shekhawat), said several hundred schools running classes
without electricity is akin to harassment. “Imagine schools with fans are forced to drink hot water in harsh weather. It is not only
unbearable but inhuman for children to call them,” said Mishra.