Mail News Service
Jamshedpur : In view of rising mercury, schools in the city have decided to change their timings from April 29 ( Monday). The education department had issued an advisory asking government, government aided and all private schools to start their school at 6:25 am with dispersal time at 11:30 am due to the rising heat everyday. The maximum temperature in Jamshedpur hovered around 40 degrees today. So far private schools started their day at 7:30 and get over between 1:30 and 1:50 pm.
“The mercury is rising and it is humid which increases the risk of dehydration and heat stroke especially for younger children. Therefore, we have sent the directives to all aided and private schools. Government schools have been following their summer timing from early this month,” said an official.
Staff of schools said they had never come across a situation where lesson times had to be changed because of the temperature. �The month of April this year is warmer than usual from the beginning, and suddenly from the middle of the month the temperature shot up to almost 41 degrees Celsius, which is difficult,� said a senior teacher.
Met officials of Jamshedpur, have also predicted hotter days ahead with no sign of rain. He said that when the storms disrupt sea breeze and delay the onset. This results in the temperature soaring above normal. The dry westerly and northwesterly winds from Bay of Bengal are making the temperature rise.
Meanwhile city-based senior doctor, Dr. U K Srivastava said that people should take extra care during such sweltering weather conditions.�I am of the opinion that special arrangements should be made in all government hospitals and community health centres across the city to treat those suffering from sunstroke. There should be arrangement of air-conditioners or air-coolers for the treatment of such patients,� he noted.