There is good news for students dreading the opening of schools in the Capital.
All former MCD, government and private schools will remain closed for another week.
Taking note of the continuing heat wave in the city, the three new municipal corporations of Delhi have extended summer vacation for schools till July 9. Delhi government schools will reopen on July 8.
Earlier, the 1,700 primary MCD schools and government schools were to open on July 2.
"All schools of North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporation will now open on July 9. The decision to extend summer vacations has been taken due to the extreme hot weather," said Yogender Singh Mann, director (press and information).
Many corporation schools do not have electricity connections and working fans in the classrooms, making it difficult for students to attend classes. Some schools do not even have water connections. The Delhi government has directed schools under the jurisdiction of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to also remain closed.
To ensure that all students got the message, schools began sending messages and emails to parents on Saturday. "We have got the order and are implementing it. It will, nonetheless, disturb the academic schedule," said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.
Parents, however, are happy with the extension of the vacation. "It is still very hot. It is a good decision on part of the Delhi government. I just hope it rains soon, so that kids can rejoin school," said Mahima Kher, a mother of two children.
Closed in NCR too
Following in the footsteps of Delhi, the Haryana government on Sunday also asked all schools to extend their summer vacations by one week.
However, authorities at The Shri Ram International School, Scottish High, Ryan International, Amity, among others, said they were still waiting for instructions from the management.
The UP government also announced that all government and private schools up to Class 8 in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts would remain closed from July 2 to July 8 due to the scorching heat.
As July 8 is a Sunday, schools will open only on July 9. Ghaziabad's basic education officer Dharamveer Singh said the decision was binding for all government and private schools.