Mercury rise relief for kids

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 10.05.13
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Summer vacation would start almost a week earlier in most schools with the mercury hovering around the 40°C mark.

St Joseph’s Convent High School has advanced its vacation from May 18 to May 13. Its principal, Sister Lucina, said: “Keeping the convenience of children in mind, we have decided to close the school from next Monday.”

At Jesus and Mary Academy, Patna City, the summer vacation will begin on May 19 instead of May 26.

Neeti Jain, whose daughter studies in Class VIII of St Joseph’s Convent High School, said: “My child was facing hardship because of the extreme heat.” Amara Subul, who reads in Class X of the same school, said: “I can enjoy the summer at home now.”

For Loyola High School and Infant Jesus School, the last working day would be May 18. Loyola High School principal Brother Felix said: “We are yet to decide on advancing the summer vacation.”

Notre Dame Academy principal Sister Mary Tessy said: “We have not yet decided any date yet.”

The last working day for DPS Patna would be May 11. Don Bosco Academy director A.G. de Rozario said: “According to the schedule, the last working day before summer vacation would be May 17. However, we may close earlier if it gets hotter.”

On the other hand, the Met office has predicted overcast conditions during the weekend. “A cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal is likely to cause mild rainfall in Bihar and Jharkhand on Sunday and Monday,” said Ashish Sen, director, India Meteorological Department, Patna.

Principals of several schools felt they need to complete the syllabus first. Rose Bud School principal M. Rizvi said: “The syllabus is vast and we cannot afford to advance the vacation. If it turns out to be too hot, we may reduce the classes. For the juniors of both our wings — Patliputra Colony and Saguna Mor — May 17 is the last working day. For the seniors (Saguna Mor), May 23 would be the last day.”