UP in grip of cold wave. Inclement weather taking a toll on routine. No change in dates of pre-Board exams.
Mumbai, Maharashtra: In As severe cold conditions sweep across the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Varanasi administration announced the closure of all schools till January 8, 2020. It is hard for children to fight the bitter cold and make it to the school in the early hours. Even on opening, the schools are expected to extend the timings so that children don’t have to commute in extremely cold conditions.
As per the previous schedule, all schools in the Varanasi division were to reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020. But as winter intensified its grip on the region and inclement weather-affected day to day life, Varanasi district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma announced that the schools will now reopen on January 8, 2020. The district magistrate’s order for closure of schools up to class XII till Tuesday, January 6, 2020, takes into purview all schools, government as well as private.
Here is the official Tweet by DM Kaushal Sharma, Varanasi
The announcement, however, has no effect on pre-board exams for which students of secondary and senior secondary students will be appearing, or on their assessment before they appear for the Board exams due from February 2020. It has been confirmed and assured that date sheets for the pre-board exams of 2020 have not been affected whatsoever.
Meanwhile, there were also reports of schools being closed in Churu, Rajasthan, the coldest part in North Indian plains. Schools for up to class VIII were closed from January 1 to January 4, 2020, in view of the bitter cold.
Besides the cold, it becomes even more difficult for children to attend school when it also begins to rain. Most schools, especially those run by the government, are ill-equipped to protect students from inclement weather.
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