Schools in Odisha to Switch to Early Morning Classes
The Odisha government has directed the education department to start early morning classes in schools from March 1 due to the soaring temperature recorded in the last few days. Traditionally, schools shift to morning classes only after the 1st of April. However, due to the early heatwave, the timings will be changed in advance.
“Classes for IX and XI, which are now running from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m., are rescheduled from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Classes for X and XII, which are conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., are rescheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” informed the School and Mass Education department.
The department directed District Education Officers to ensure safe and pure drinking water across all schools whilst storing oral rehydration salt for emergency purposes. Further, they also urged schools to advise students and staff not to be exposed to direct heat.
Notably, Bhubaneswar recorded the highest temperature of 40.4 degrees celsius on Friday. This is very close to the highest maximum temperature (40.9 degrees Celsius) recorded in February in the past decade. In fact, the state capital recorded the highest temperature in the country for consecutive days on Wednesday and Thursday.
Neighbouring towns of Jajpur and Kendrapara districts have recorded daytime temperatures of 38 degrees celsius.
The Special Relief Commissioner had previously warned District Collectors regarding potential heatwave conditions throughout the summer. Publishing an advisory, the SRC instructed executives to take measures to ensure zero human fatalities due to sunstroke.
“Sufficient life-saving medicines and ORS may be stored in dispensaries and community health centres to meet emergencies. Separate beds and wards may be earmarked for heatstroke cases,” stated the advisory.