Patna – In response to the prevailing heat wave conditions in the state, Patna’s District Magistrate (DM), Dr. Chandra Shekhar Singh, has taken a crucial step to protect students by ordering the suspension of all academic activities up to class 12. The official statement released by the Patna DM’s office confirms that this order will remain in effect until June 24. It applies to both private and government schools, including pre-schools and Anganwari centers, located in the Patna district.
The decision to halt academic activities stems from the potential risks posed to the health and well-being of children due to the scorching heat wave. Dr. Chandra Shekhar Singh, District Magistrate of Patna, issued a directive invoking section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, thereby prohibiting any educational pursuits during this period.
“I, Dr. Chandra Shekhar Singh, District Magistrate, Patna, under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, do hereby prohibit the academic activities of all private and government schools, including pre-schools and Anganwari centers, of Patna District up to Class XII until June 24, 2023,” read the official statement.
The order will come into effect starting June 19, 2023, and will continue until June 24, 2023, ensuring the safety of students during the peak period of the heat wave.
Previously, academic activities up to class 12 were already restricted until June 18, but the Patna DM’s new order extends this suspension by an additional six days. The Patna DM’s order was initially implemented on June 12, a Monday, with the aim of safeguarding students from the extreme heat and potential health hazards associated with it.
The decision has received positive responses from parents, educators, and various stakeholders, who acknowledge the importance of prioritizing the well-being of students during such challenging weather conditions. It highlights the administration’s commitment to ensuring the safety and welfare of the younger generation.
The Patna district administration is actively monitoring the weather situation and will reassess the need for further measures if the heat wave persists beyond the specified period. The authorities have also advised citizens to take precautions, such as staying hydrated, avoiding direct exposure to the sun during peak hours, and seeking shelter in cooler environments whenever possible.