Many private schools in the city, which were undecided on extending summer vacations because of no ‘formal’ government directive, complied with the state decision on Monday.
On Sunday, the Haryana government had asked all schools — government and private — to extend their summer vacations by one week due to the prevailing heat wave in the state.
Some institutions like the Blue Bells Group of Schools had deferred their decision till Monday. However, as soon as it received a formal communiqué from the Haryana directorate of education, the school declared holidays.
Other schools like The Shri Ram School, which was scheduled to open on Tuesday, informed the students’ parents about the holiday extension on Monday itself. The Scottish High International and other schools too followed suit.
However, CCA Public School in Sector 4 is open on Tuesday.
Col. (retd) Partap Singh, the school chairman, said the government’s decision came as a sudden surprise as the school had scheduled term examinations from Tuesday.
“We are opening on Tuesday as the students are scheduled to take examinations. The weather is harsh but our classrooms are air cooled and some of the buses are air-conditioned. But we may reduce the number of school hours,” Col Singh said.
On Sunday, following in the footsteps of Delhi, Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal had announced extension of vacations till July 8. But the directorate of education was not able to issue a directive as Sunday was a holiday.