The new Patnaik government in Orissa – suffering from severe heat waves – has decided to go ahead with its earlier decision to start schools from Monday with rescheduling of teaching hours.
BP Sethi, chief secretary of the school and mass education department, said the government had decided to reduce the summer vacation to give students ample opportunity to make up for the loss of education due to the closure of schools due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
“The temperature at any station in Orissa is around 32 to 34 degrees Celsius by 8.30 am in May, so it should not exceed 35 degrees by 9 am,” Sethi said in a statement, adding that the government expects that from Sunday The news agency PTI reported that the temperature will decrease.
Earlier, the Department of Schools and Mass Education, in a notification, rescheduled the teaching hours from 6 am to 9 am in all schools, effective May 2, 2022.
“After careful consideration, teaching time has been rescheduled from 6 am to 9 am in all schools, effective May 2, 2022. However, examinations already scheduled by various boards / councils will continue as usual,” the notice said.
Sethi added that since government and government-aided schools are located close to students’ homes, there is little risk due to the hot summer.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a slight drop in maximum temperatures in several places in Orissa with Norwister or Kalbaishakhi activating from today.
The government has said that the Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) developed by the Odisha School Education Program Authority (OSEPA) will be rolled out this summer.
This LRP applies to government and government aided schools Students who are being promoted from class 3 to class 10 with new admissions and those who will be promoted from class 11 to class 12 will be covered under the scheme, the education department said in a statement.