As Delhi continues to suffer from record temperatures, the Delhi Parent Association has asked the national capital to announce the summer holidays for school-age children on an ‘immediate’ basis. In a letter to Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the parents’ association claimed that the Delhi government has not taken any steps to prevent children, even though the national capital records its hottest summer in 72 years.
The letter said on the one hand, the union government has released guidelines to protect children and people in general from the ongoing heat wave. †
“On May 15, Delhi registered temperatures of 50 degrees in some areas, but amid this heat, students went to school,” the letter said. “The national government has clearly stated in its guidelines that it is not safe for people to be exposed to the sun between 12:00 and 15:00. However, this is when our students begin their journey back home,” the parental body said.
If we add that students who travel by bus, rickshaw and even on foot during the heat are prone to health risks and that schools in the national capital are dealing with low attendance and more and more children getting sick, it is the highest time for the government to announce summer vacations.
The sole purpose of summer vacations is to save children from the heat. Now, at a time when children are exposed to summer holidays, why is the Delhi government not taking any security measures, read the letter asking the government to investigate the matter and announce breaks immediately.
The request comes at a time when several areas in Delhi registered 45 degrees Celsius plus temperature. The Safdarjung Observatory recorded 45.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while two weather stations in Mungeshpur in northwestern Delhi and Najafgarh in southwestern Delhi reported 49.2 and 49.1 degrees Celsius respectively, according to data from the India Meteorological Department. (IMD).
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