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Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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Early classes hope for kids

Abdul, a Class V student, is happy about the idea of getting more time to play as his school decided to rework timings.

He won’t be the only one. Several schools in the city have decided to tweak their timings to ensure the students stay out of the heat this summer.

For parents and, of course the students, who don’t mind waking up early it’s a good deal. More so, when it means most children will be back home before noon. A day’s maximum temperature is also mostly recorded between 2 and 3pm.

Abdul Ahad, the Class V student of Don Bosco Academy, said: “Even if the school starts earlier and I have to wake up early in the morning, I would be happy. If my classes are over by 12 noon, I would get more time to play.”

According to the plan chalked out by the institutions, they plan to finish classes before 12 noon so that students are relieved from the afternoon heat. The decision is of the school administrations and not according to orders from district administration.

St Joseph’s Convent High School principal Sister Lucina said: “We have already started morning classes from today (Tuesday).” The authorities said the timings could be tweaked further if the district magistrate orders so.

Those still undecided on the dates are watching the weather conditions closely. The principal of Don Bosco Academy, Mary Alphonsa, said: “We are watching the rise of the heat and very soon, would take a decision on the date from which we would start the classes early. At present, we start at 6.50am and end at 12.40 in the afternoon. Depending on the heat, we might make it 11.30am either from this week or next week. So, the school would start from 6.30 in the morning.”

Loyola High School conducts classes from 6.50am to 12.40pm. Principal Brother Satish said: “If the temperature keeps on rising like this, we would start morning classes from next week.”

Birla-Open Minds School closes at 2pm but has air-conditioned vehicles to drop students living far. Still, the school might take a decision on changing the timings by the beginning of May.

Manish Kumar, whose son goes to St Michael’s High School, said: “My son’s classes get over at 12.45pm. I would not mind if his classes start early. Coming home in the scorching heat is painful for him. If the bus gets stuck, he does not have any energy left.”

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