Odisha’s School Timings Reduced By An Hour as Temperatures Soar

Recently opened schools post the COVID lockdown are bracing for yet another hit on the learning hours, as the government decided to cut school timings by one hour, starting today. The School and Mass Education department said that the decision was arrived at keeping in mind the discomfort of all, owing to flaring temperatures recorded over the past week.

Sources have said that physical teaching of students belonging to the ninth and eleventh standard would commence from 7 AM and would continue for two hours, till 9 AM. For students in classes 10 and 12, who are preparing for their board examinations, sessions would commence at 8 AM and would continue for four hours, till noon.

Earlier, the school timings were fixed from 7 AM to 1 PM. However, Members of the Odisha Secondary School Teachers’ Association (OSSTA) opposed the same. Odisha has recorded high temperatures exceeding 38 degrees in many places. The retreat of the last strands of winter was rather fast and the transition from the cold to the sultry temperatures of summer has not been received warmly by many.

The Indian Meteorological Department has put out a heat alert, cautioning citizens that a high probability of above-normal temperatures may be prevalent across the majority of north, northwest, northeast and eastern belts of India this summer. “During the upcoming hot weather season (March to May), above normal seasonal maximum (day) temperatures are likely over most of the subdivisions of North, northwest and northeast India, few subdivisions from eastern and western parts of central India and few coastal subdivisions of north peninsular India,” the IMD forecast said. It also specifically noted that Odisha would be among the few states to experience particularly scorching temperatures.

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