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Juniors to get longer vacation

Senior students, sulk. Only juniors will have an extended summer vacation.

The Association of Jharkhand Unaided Private Educational Institutions in Jamshedpur on Wednesday decided to reopen primary sections (nursery to Class V) on June 23 instead of June 16 when higher classes will resume. However, to protect students of Class VI and above from the hot and humid weather, schools will have to begin by 6.30am and call it a day by 10.30am.

“Senior students have to cope with syllabus pressure, but the little ones should not be overburdened with classes in this heat,” said association secretary A.P.R. Nair.

According to the weather office, the city on Wednesday recorded 43.5°C, three notches above normal. There will be no let down in sweltering conditions for at least another 48 hours, Met officials said.

That resuming classes for very young children in this oppressive weather is not wise was evident when a primary student of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Bistupur, which reopened on Wednesday, began vomiting in school and had to be sent home.

Vice-chairman of Chinmaya Vidyalaya V. Surendranath later said primary classes would remain closed till June 16.