West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, announced on Sunday that all educational institutions in the state would remain closed from Monday to Saturday next week due to severe heatwave conditions.
Banerjee stated that children have been experiencing health issues after attending school in the last few days, with complaints of headaches being reported.
The closure applies to schools, colleges, and universities, and an official notification will be issued soon. Banerjee also requested that private educational institutions follow the same schedule during this period. In addition, she advised people to avoid being out in the sun between 12 pm and 4 pm.
The West Bengal government had earlier decided to bring forward the summer vacation in state-run and aided schools by three weeks, to May 2, except in hill areas due to the intense heat.
The majority of locations in the state have been experiencing temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, and the Meteorological Department predicts that heatwave conditions will persist until April 19.
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