Hyderabad, April 19: Prevailing heatwave conditions across the state had preponed the school holidays in Telangana. The state government after noticing the climate issues declared holidays for private as well as government schools from Thursday.This decision led to a relief amongst the students and teachers who were in school despite the heat. On April 17 the maximum temperature around 43 degree Celsius was recorded in Hyderabad. The government took this decision after advisories issued by Disaster management department on the prevailing heat wave.
Jagannath an Assistant Director of Education Department said, “We received a circular in the afternoon about the holidays”. He continued saying “However, before this, we could not take any decision as no direction was given from the government. The vacation will last till the month of June”.
Many parents across Hyderabad city complained about the increased temperature during daytime eventhough the students were forced to attend school.
Ashish Naredi, a member of the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA), who was concern about the students said “This decision is definitely late. We have been requesting for an early summer vacation because of the weather. Many parents were not sending their children to school. People are suffering from heat strokes, these are kids. They are more prone to this”.
A heat wave warning was reportedly issued from the India Meteorological Department for three days for Khammam, Mahabubnagar, and Hyderabad on Monday. It was also reported that the maximum temperature might rise from normal temperature by 2 to 4 degree Celsius.
Sony Bhatt a resident of Bowenpally in Secunderabad said, “It is a good decision, but this decision should have been made on April 15 when the heat wave like situation started. The kids are exposed to this weather when we go to pick them up. They’ve finally declared holidays now, just two to three days before the vacation was supposed to begin”. “However, the school where my two sons are studying is conducting unit tests. I am not sure whether they will close the school tomorrow”, she added.
Several schools in Telangana witnessed very low attendance in pre-primary and primary sections and irregular attendance in upper primary sections. The attendance in some schools is less than 50% because of this summer heat.
Ashish from HSPA said “This is because the classes for the academic year 2017-18 started just one week after the results, instead of June. Students started going to school in the first week of March”.