With the intense heatwave condition prevailing across the state, schools in Odisha will open on June 26, Wednesday, after the summer vacations. According to the official schedule announced by the School and Mass Education department earlier, the schools were expected to re-open for academic activities from tomorrow. "All schools including privately run schools will reopen on June 26," School and Mass Education department Secretary PK Mohapatra said.
Another official has told NDTV that a decision has been taken to extend the summer vacation due to the prevailing heatwave conditions in the state and the schools will re-open on June 26.
Earlier, the Odisha government preponed the summer vacations for all educational institutions in the state from April 18 in view of the heatwave the witnessed two months ago. Summer vacation in schools was earlier scheduled to start from May 6.
In March, in the wake of the probable heat wave, Odisha government had directed schools, both public and private, to conduct morning classes from April 2.
Most of the schools were scheduled to reopen after the summer vacation on June 19. Some of the schools had, however, reopened from Monday (June 17).
While acute heat wave continues in western region of the state, the coastal districts are facing high humidity level. This apart, many schools in coastal region was yet to be restored after the cyclone Fani, sources told Press Trust of India.
However, there was respite from heat as only two places in the state recorded temperature above 40 degree Celsius on Tuesday. Sambalpur recorded a maximum temperature of 40.6 degree Celsius and Baripada 40.5 degree Celsius.
The maximum temperature in state capital Bhubaneswar was 36.8 degree Celsius while relative humidity was 91 percent, MeT office sources told Press Trust of India.
According to an India Meteorological Department official, despite the delay, the monsoon is mostly expected to cover Karnataka, remaining parts of TamilNadu and Telangana, Odisha, and parts of the North East later this month.
Last year also, the state had extended the summer vacation and re-opened the schools on June 26.
Meanwhile students are awaiting the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE), Odisha, to release the Class 12 Arts and Commerce results declaration. The Council has not yet announced the results for both the streams for the exams concluded on March 30.
(With PTI Inputs)
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