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School timings revised in Jharkhand amid rising temperatures

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Amid heatwave-like conditions in Jharkhand, the state government has announced a change in school timings from April 22 until further notice, an official said on Saturday. Under the new schedule, students from kindergarten to grade 8 will attend school from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while older students from grades 9 to 12 will continue to attend classes until 12 noon, an education department order said. This adjustment is applicable to all categories of government, non-government aided, non-subsidized and private schools in the state.

The decision explicitly bans prayer gatherings and sporting activities in the sun during this period, although midday meals will still be served. In addition, a separate decision will be made and communicated regarding the compensation for any educational losses during this period.

Meetings and sports prohibited

“Prayer meetings and sports will not be held in the sun during this period, but midday meals will continue,” the order said. The Meteorological Department has already issued a heatwave warning for 15 districts from April 20 to 22, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state. Baharagora in East Singhbhum district recorded the state’s highest maximum temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday, while several other districts recorded high temperatures ranging from 42.4 to 45.4 degrees Celsius.

Daltonganj simmered at 43.6, Jamshedpur 44.5, Godda 43.9, Chaibasa 42.6, Garhwa 42.4, Deoghar 43.4 and Bokaro (thermal) degrees Celsius on Saturday. Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi recorded a maximum temperature of 39.4 degrees Celsius. The Ranchi Meteorological Center has identified several districts that are likely to be affected by the heat wave, stressing that there is minimal chance of a decline in maximum temperatures in the next two days. “The chance of a drop in the maximum temperature over the next two days is negligible. After this, temperatures may decrease by two to three degrees Celsius in southern and central parts of Jharkhand,” said Abhishek Anand, in-charge of Ranchi Meteorological Centre. In response to these conditions, the weather department has advised people to stay hydrated, wear light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing and cover their heads with a cloth, hat or umbrella when outdoors.

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2024 2:55 PM IST