Heatwave: Schools in Bengal told to shift to morning classes

Advisory for schools to ensure children don't fall ill.

The West Bengal government on Monday issued an advisory to all state schools, asking them to shift the primary school hours to morning, and if that is not possible, to take adequate measures to ensure children do not fall ill in the heatwave.

Kolkata’s temperature is close to 40 degree Celsius and in many parts of the state temperature has crossed 40 degree Celsius mark. School authorities have also been asked to coordinate with local health officials.

With board exams starting off on Monday, many students are venturing into the heat and for the rest, summer vacations are still some weeks away. This is an area of concern as schools have remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past two years. Schools have been asked to ensure that children do not feel uncomfortable, and there is enough water in the school premises. The West Bengal boards have asked schools to ensure there is uninterrupted power supply too.

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