Heat Wave: OSSTA appeals Odisha Govt for morning classes in State schools

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Secondary School Teachers’ Association (OSSTA) appealed to the government today to reschedule the class timings in Odisha schools, after the end of summer vacation, to morning hours as mercury is on the rise at many places of the State and India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of ‘heat wave’, said OSSTA general secretary Ranjan Kumar Dash in a press release.

A number of schools in Odisha are being run in asbestos-roofed houses sans power supply and electric fans. Even to the extent, fans are not in order in many of the schools, the press release said.

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As per an IMD forecast, the monsoon is expected to reach late than the previously calculated date. Sporadic Nor’wester-induced rain has not brought any respite for the people of Odisha; rather, it has enhanced the humidity as well as the chances of sunstroke, the OSSTA communique stated.

Ideally, the class timings of Odisha schools should be rescheduled between 6.30 am to 9.30 am every day, OSSTA president Akshay Kumar Mishra and several other office-bearers expressed.

Worth mentioning, the Government has already postponed the reopening of schools from June 19 to June 21. However, OSSTA welcomed the State government’s decision in this regard.

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