Jharkhand school timings revised amid soaring temperatures in several districts


Ranchi: Amid heat wave-like conditions across Jharkhand, the state government has announced changes in school timings from April 22 till further notice, an official said on Saturday. An order from the education department said that under the new schedule, students from kindergarten to class 8 will attend schools from 7 am to 11.30 am, while senior students from classes 9 to 12 will continue classes till noon.
This adjustment is applicable to all categories of government, non-government aided, unaided and private schools in the state.
The order clearly bans prayer meetings or sports activities organized in the sun during this period, although mid-day meals will continue to be served.
Additionally, a separate decision regarding compensation for any academic loss incurred during this period will be taken and communicated.
“Prayer meetings and sports will not be held in the sun during this period, but mid-day meals will continue,” the order said.
The weather department has already issued a heat wave alert for 15 districts from April 20 to April 22, with temperatures reaching above 40 degrees Celsius in most parts of the state.
Baharagora in West Singhbhum district recorded the state's highest temperature of 46.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday, while several other districts experienced temperatures as high as 42.4 to 45.4 degrees Celsius.
On Saturday, the temperature of Daltonganj was 43.6, Jamshedpur 44.5, Godda 43.9, Chaibasa 42.6, Garhwa 42.4, Deoghar 43.4 and Bokaro (thermal) degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, was recorded at 39.4 degrees Celsius.
The Ranchi Meteorological Center has identified several districts likely to be affected by the heat wave and stressed that there is minimal possibility of a drop in the maximum temperature in the next two days.
Ranchi Meteorological Center in-charge Abhishek Anand said, “The possibility of drop in maximum temperature for the next two days is negligible. After this, there may be a drop of two-three degrees Celsius in the southern and central parts of Jharkhand.”
In response to these conditions, the weather service has advised people to stay hydrated, wear light-coloured, loose-fitting cotton clothes and cover their heads with cloth, hat or umbrella when going outside.

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