Jamshedpur : With the advent of winter and mercury dipping with each passing day.
A number of Jamshedpur-based schools have changed their timings with the beginning of December itself. Moreover, school authorities in the city have instructed students to wear woolen uniforms in view of the fluctuating temperature and chilly in the daytime.
Most schools have already made it mandatory for students to wear winter uniforms from November onwards.
Father Sebastian Puthenpura, SJ , Principal, Loyola School, said, ďWe changed the timings during the rise in chill in the air. The school starts at 7: 55 am to 2 pm. We do not wish to take chances with the health of children. We have changed our timings for both junior and senior sectionsĒ.
Another school principal said parents requested him to change school timings as it is difficult to wake up early in the morning.
B Uma Shankar Rao, principal, Andhra Association English School, said they changed the timings of both junior and senior sections a week back. ďThe schools in the city already have changed the timing. Parents are satisfied with this step.
Many schools will announce winter vacations from December 20. Therefore anything on this perspective will be done according to the climatic conditions.
Earlier, a few institutions had altered the timing but others announced the decision on Saturday to commence classes 30 minutes beyond the current schedule. Now, both junior and senior classes will begin at 8am instead of 7.30am. While nursery to primary classes will end at 12.30pm, those for the senior will end at 2pm.
Loyola School, Carmel Junior College, Sacred Heart Convent School, DBMS English School, Beldih Church School, Jamshedpur Public School are among the prominent schools, which have changed the school timing.
“The temperature is likely to stay around 9 and 10 degrees Celsius for the next couple of days,” said an official at the Met office.
There’s no timeframe, however, for the withdrawal of the revised schedule. “Depending on the weather condition, we will take further decision (to change the revised timing) but probably till the first week of February, the new schedule will be in force,” said a principal of a school.
The officials said that similar conditions will continue to prevail in the city in the coming days. The poor people on the streets have been the worst hit by the cold wave. Footpath dwellers and poor were seen cluster around bonfires lit from dry woods, used tyres and even garbage to beat the cold.
ďThough a slender sunshine gave respite in the afternoon but the cool breeze gave chilling experience. Nights are becoming unbearable,Ē said an official.
Weatherman forecast that there will be no respite from the cold in the coming days. Significantly, both minimum and maximum temperatures were below normal all over the State.Data available from the Patna Meteorological Office said that most parts of the state, including Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Daltonganj, were suffering with temperatures five degrees below normal.
ďThe chill has intensified because of the strong flow of the dry north-westerly. The cold wave prevailing in large parts of northern India is also adding to the crispness of weather in Jharkhand.
The condition will stay for another 48 hours ,Ē said the duty officer at Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, Calcutta.