Education ministry releases advisory for schools amid scorching heatwave

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Updated on May 12, 2022 10:51 IST

The advisory has also directed schools to avoid outdoor activities and ensure that students remain hydrated during school hours. Teaching and non-teaching staff should be trained to provide first aid to students in case of mild heatstroke, it has said.

Considering the scorching heatwave, the Union Ministry of Education has released an advisory for schools. The ministry has asked schools to begin classes early in the morning and reduce work hours to help students combat the heat wave.

The advisory further adds, “School hours may start early and get over before noon. The timing may be from 7.00 AM onwards. Number of school hours per day may be reduced.”

Restrict outdoor activities; Ensure students remain hydrated

The advisory has also directed schools to avoid outdoor activities and ensure that students remain hydrated during school hours. Teaching and non-teaching staff should be trained to provide first aid to students in case of mild heatstroke, it has said.

Considering that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast a fresh spell of heatwave in Delhi from Friday, the ministry has released the advisory for the safety and health of students. Most parts of north, central, northwest and east India are struggling to cope due to soaring temperatures.

Relax uniform norms in schools

The ministry has also asked schools to relax uniform norms. “Students may be allowed to wear loose and light coloured cotton material dress. Schools may relax norms regarding uniforms such as neckties. Canvas shoes may be allowed instead of leather shoes…” reads the advisory.

“While going back home, schools must ensure that students are carrying water in their bottles,” it adds.

The ministry has also asked to ensure the availability of oral rehydration solutions; prepare robust first-aid facilities and make arrangements for quick access to nearest health centres in cases of emergencies.

Check Mid-day meals before serving

The advisory by the ministry has asked teachers to check the quality of mid-day meals before it is served to students.

“Heat can spoil food therefore hot-cooked meals under PM POSHAN must be served hot and fresh. Children carrying tiffins may be advised not to carry food that can turn stale quickly…in every period, teachers should remind students to sip water from their water bottles,” the advisory states.

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