Surge in heat wave: schools in 3 districts of GH to remain close from April 19

Rakkam A Sangma

SHILLONG, APR 18: Education Minister Rakkam A Sangma on Tuesday informed that schools in the three districts of Garo Hills will remain closed for three days from April 19 to April 21.

He said the advisory was given after there has been a surge in the heat wave in the three districts which include West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills.

“This is done to ensure the safety of the students and the teachers,” Sangam added.

When asked, the minister said, “This is a global issue. Changing of the climate and the environment is not avoidable. This is going to impact and affect most of us in the days to come. Not only because of the heat wave but we are also going to face a water crisis very soon as forest cover is dwindling down, and we are living in the world of technology and technology has got lots of impact on our environment.

This is not avoidable but citizens should learn to adapt to how to live in such a world.”

In their orders, the district administrations of West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and South Garo Hills had declared that all primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary schools to remain closed during the day from April 19 to April 21 to ensure safety and well-being of students, teachers and staff and as a precautionary measure to the risk of heat stroke, dehydration and other related illness.

Evening/night schools will remain functional as it is.

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