WB government declares Summer vacation extension in schools till 26 citing heatwave


HnExpress Bureau Report, Kolkata : West Bengal government on Monday extended the summer vacations in schools across the state, except hilly areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, till June 26. The decision to extend the vacation has been taken considering the extreme heat prevalent in the region. The vacation has been extended till June 26, or until further instructions. Existing academic schedule will continue in the two districts, until further instructions.The department has taken the decision keeping in mind the students’ security and safety.

Schools under the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, and West Bengal Board of Primary Education have been asked to act accordingly. The West Bengal government on Monday, 13 June, announced that the summer vacation in schools have been extended till 26 June in view of the extreme heatwave conditions. However,the official statement mentioned that schools in the sub-Himalayan Bengal like Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts will re-open as was previously discussed. The West Bengal government attributed the decision to the reports of death and severe illness it has received due to the extreme heat.

Temperatures in Gangetic West Bengal remained between 35 degree Celsius to 36 degree Celsius. The real feel came up to 42 degree Celsius on Sunday. The residents are also victim to severe humidity thereby aggravating the discomfort during the heat wave conditions.Very heavy rainfall was observed in the past twenty four hours in Sub-Himalayan West Bengal therefore keeping weather conditions comfortable for schools there to reopen on scheduled date.

The Bengal government’s official statement mentioned that the schools will have to reopen across the state on 26 June, unless otherwise stated. They attributed the decision to the safety of the students. Meanwhile, fresh violence erupted in pockets of West Bengal on Sunday as protesters continued to stage demonstrations and also attacked and damaged a local train. More than 100 people from across the state have been arrested so far in connection with the violence which broke out on Friday, police said. In Nadia district, a group of protesters who took out a procession at Bethuadahari, pelted stones and damaged a train at a local railway station.


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