GB Nagar: Parents appalled by no extension of vacations amid severe heatwave
GB Nagar: Parents appalled by no extension of vacations amid severe heatwave
Praveen Dwivedi
GB Nagar: Parents appalled by no extension of vacations amid severe heatwave
Photo: Graphics by Akash Mishra
GB Nagar: Parents appalled by no extension of vacations amid severe heatwave

The parents of school children were annoyed with the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar for not extending the summer vacation even though the heat wave conditions has reached its peak in Noida and Greater Noida. At 4.15 pm on Monday, the temperature of Noida and Greater Noida was recorded at 42 and 41 degrees Celsius respectively.

Parents are more surprised because the administrations in adjoining areas – Delhi, Gurugram and Ghaziabad have ordered to extend summer vacation.

The parents, especially those whose children are enrolled in prep to nursery classes are more worried about the health of their wards. 

Shyam Thakur, whose daughter is enrolled in prep class at a private school in Greater Noida West said, “At 1 pm, when I was going to school to receive my daughter, I realised that when the conditions are difficult for me then how little kids would be able to withstand it.”

Several parents in Noida and Greater Noida have tweeted requesting the DM to order extension of summer vacation. “Dear Sir, Delhi govt & Ghaziabad DM has already ordered extension of summer vacations due to intense heat/humidity & late onset of monsoon. Please extend summer vacations for one more week in Gautam Budh Nagar too,” Sanjeev, a parent tweeted.

“When Schools in Delhi & Ghaziabad are closed due to prevailing heat waves.....How can children in Noida are insulated from heat waves...@DM_GautamBudhNagar,” Prashant Mishra, another parent tweeted.

Parents are demanding extension of holidays in the district as the region is still under the grip of intense heat wave. But in Noida and Greater Noida, many of the schools opened on Monday. However, couple of schools have decided to close the school due to heatwave and have sent messages informing the parents about the same.

“Due to severe heat waves condition, the summer vacations for the students of classes nursery to 8 have been extended till Friday (July 5). The school will reopen for the student of these classes, post vacation on Monday (July 8). However, the classes from 9 to 12 will be open on Tuesday (July 2) as per the usual timing,” a message from DPS, Greater Noida read.

The DM of Ghaziabad, in an order issued on Sunday, stated that the schools will remain closed till July 8. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also tweeted and told that schools will remain closed till July 7 in wake of heat waves.

In between all this, some post and messages floated on social media claiming that the district administration has ordered that schools will be closed till 7th July. 

But, later, making a clarification in the matter, District Information Officer (DIO) made it clear that no such order was given from the administration. Messages claiming such orders on social media are fake. While taking the cognizance of the severe weather conditions, some of the school administration has extended the vacations for two more days.