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Classes resume in Bengal schools as heat wave wanes

April 25, 2023

With tempratures cooling down, schools in West Bengal resumed in-person classes April 24, after closure of the campuses for one week due to extreme heat wave conditions.

A school education department official said as the conditions improved with the onset of rains, the school closure advisory is not being extended.

The April 16 state government notification had said “due to the heatwave situation….all autonomous/state/central government aided and private schools in state, except hill areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, will remain closed with effect from April 17 for a week or until further order” .

South Point High School Managing Committee Vice-Chairman Krishna Damani told PTI, “physical classes of our junior and senior sections resumed today (April 24) after being suspended for one week due to the sweltering heat conditions.”

The Headmaster of state-run Hindu School, Subhrojit Dutta said in-person classes began from primary to upper primary section (class one to six) on Monday (April 24) after being suspended from April 17-22 due to the heat wave as recommended in the last state notification.

“Classes of senior students will also begin after tests which had to be rescheduled from April 17 to April 24, … We don’t want to be trailing in the academic calendar in any way,” he added.

The city and its neighbouhood areas recorded 33.8 degree Celsius maximum temperature Monday, two degrees less than normal, during the day.

The minimum temperatures were recorded at 25.7 degree one degree less than normal.

During the heat wave conditions, the city and neighbourhood recorded maximum temperatures hovering round 40 degree while other parts of south Bengal had recorded maximum temperatures ranging from 37 degree – to 44 degree.

Source: PTI

Also Read: WB: Schools, colleges, universities closed due to heatwave

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