DSEK forgets about summer break, makes children suffer in sweltering heat

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Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, July 9: The soaring temperature in Kashmir is making children sweat in sweltering heat. Students are waiting desperately for the Directorate of School Education Kashmir to announce summer break for the educational institutions but the DSEK seems in no mood to close the schools.
A parent while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The DSEK needs to give it a thought that poor children need a break as they are finding it hard to cope up with the rising temperatures.”
It may be recalled that Jammu and Kashmir government had announced the summer break for the school students from July 6 onwards but that order was rescinded soon after the imposition of the Governor’s rule in the state. After disallowing the summer break the DSEK issued another order asking the schools to cancel the summer camps in wake of the weather advisory issued by the Meteorological department. “Now the flood threat is over and the weatherman has predicted that weather would remain fair during the next two weeks. Then why has not the DSEK cleared the air about the summer camp order?” asked another parent.
An official of the DSEK while pleading anonymity said that since the day Governor’s rule has been imposed in the state the people at the helm have “heaved a sigh of relief” as they are not answerable to anyone. “There are many files which have not been cleared. Teachers and students both are suffering,” he added.
A parent said, “Schools should be closed for at least 10 days to give kids respite from heat. After the flood threat has subdued Srinagar has been witnessing hot and humid conditions with temperature hovering around 35 degrees Celsius”
An official of the Meteorological department said that the maximum temperature is more than four degrees above the normal in the hilly areas. “The temperature in Kashmir has gone up between 6 and 8 degrees in all recording stations of the Valley.”
“There would be no respite from the heat over the next few days. This heat wave is expected to continue,” the official added.
Many parents are of the opinion that the students up to middle classes can’t bear the heat and it can have adverse impact on their health. “Our children are complaining about health issues,” they need some respite said a group of parents.
For the past five days Precious Kashmir has tried to get in touch with the DSEK G N Itoo either his phone remains switched off or the calls are not responded too. Recently Itoo had ruled out any possibility about summer vacation being announced in the near future.
Parents allege that the DSEK has left the students in lurch and seems least bothered about their plight.