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Late school, longer holidays to beat chill

Patna, Jan. 12: The winter vacation for students of junior classes in city schools has got another extension. Pupils of classes IX to XII can also catch the school bus late.

Considering the severe cold conditions, the Patna district administration today announced that classes of students up to Class VIII of all government and private schools would remain suspended till January 14, an extension of two days. The directive said senior classes must not start before 9am.

“We have issued this order so that senior class students could escape the early morning chill,” district magistrate N. Saravana Kumar told The Telegraph.

The dipping mercury level and the foggy mornings and evenings are sending a shiver down the spine of residents. The parents welcomed the administration decision. “This is a sign of relief for students. The resistance power of children happens to be weaker than grown-ups and they are more prone to cough and cold,” said Neeta Keskar Choudhary, whose daughters study in Notre Dame Academy.

The city schools, with the administrative directive coming on a Sunday, geared up to inform students about the class suspension and changes in class timings.

However, a new confusion has cropped up pertaining to declaring of holiday for Makar Sankranti. Most schools had announced the holiday for the festival on January 14 as Sankranti is generally observed on this date. But this year, the festival is being observed on January 15 owing to changes in the Hindi calendar, which is followed for deciding the occasions.