Delhi and Haryana government Extend School Vacation till July 8: On Sunday, the Haryana government declared that in view of the heat wave conditions prevailing in most parts of the state, the summer vacation for schools will be extended by a week. Earlier, the schools were scheduled to reopen on July 1, 2019, i.e. today, however, considering the heatwave the govt. has decided to postpone the opening of the schools to July 8, 2019.
According to an official statement, “In view of the scorching weather which is prevailing in the state, the state government has extended holidays in schools, both government and private, by a week. The schools will now reopen on July 8.”
Awaiting the arrival of the southwest monsoon, Haryana has been witnessing a dry spell. The maximum temperatures over the last few days have remained between 40-43 degrees Celsius. Even on Sunday, places like Narnaul (43.5 degrees Celsius), Bhiwani (42.7 degrees), Hisar (42.6 degrees), Ambala (40.5 degrees) and Karnal (40 degrees) braved the heatwave.
Earlier, the Delhi government on Sunday extended the summer vacation in city schools for students till Class 8 by a week, in view of hot weather conditions in the national capital. The schools for up to classes 8 will reopen from July 8 while for the higher classes it will reopen from Monday i.e. July 1, as per the earlier schedule.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “In view of the hot weather in Delhi, the summer vacation for students up to class 8 is being extended till July 8. For other classes, the schools will reopen as per earlier schedule.”
Manish Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, also clarified that the order will be applicable for both government and private schools.
However, India Meteorological Department officials said Delhi is expected to see high temperatures, qualifying as a heat wave, over the next two days. A heat wave is declared when the temperature is consistently 5 degrees above normal.
As per the official forecast, the whole of the coming week will see the likelihood of light rain or drizzle, but it will not affect the soaring temperatures much, especially on Monday and Tuesday.
Considering the prediction, the Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari has also issued orders to extend the vacation for students up to Class VIII by two days. Schools in Ghaziabad will reopen on Wednesday.