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Odisha govt announces early summer vacation

Bhubaneswar: In view of blistering heat wave condition across the state, the Odisha government on Tuesday announced summer vacation in schools from Wednesday.

“All schools of the state will remain closed from April 25 in view of heat wave condition in some parts of the state,” said a release from Chief Minister’s Office.

“The government has decided that schools both government-run and private ones will remain shut from tomorrow onwards. Normally, the summer holidays are announced from May, but this time the vacation has been preponed and the schools will reopen on June 18,” said School and Mass Education Minister, Badri Narayan Patra.

He said training programmes of teachers and various other official works like issuance of certificates can continue.

It is to be noted that the government had directed school administrations to reschedule class timings and conduct morning classes from 6.30 AM to 10.30 AM from April 2 in view of heat conditions.

Notably, several parts of the state are witnessing heat wave condition since the last couple of days while the local met department has warned that the condition will prevail in coming days.

Seven places in Odisha on Tuesday recorded over 40 degree Celsius while western Odisha town Sundargarh recorded 42 degree Celsius.