State commission for protection of child rights commission has written to the education department to announce advance summer vacations after taking suo moto cognizance of the death of a seven-year-old child due to heat wave outside the school in Jalandhar.“Even the meteorological department has forecast intense heat wave that could adversely affect health of small school-going children. It is recommended that either vacations be pre-poned or school timings be changed so that no student falls victim to the heat wave,” the letter reads. Priyansh Sharma (7) Class 2 student died outside his school after taking the English exam on May 15. He fell unconscious after he came out of the school and was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
A district-level committee was also formed by deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, led by sub divisional magistrate Rajiv Verma. After the investigation, Rajiv Verma submitted the report to DC on Wednesday and said the child died due to a heat stroke as he could not bear the intense heat waves.When contacted, education minister Aruna Chaudhary she said that she will consider this suggestion positively.
“Right now, there is no change in the schedule of vacations but if everyone is in favour of the decision, I will consider it,” she said.
Schedule of summer vacations, that start from June 1, is at least a decade-old — from a time when the state did not witness high temperatures in April and May.
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