Bhubaneswar: The School and Mass Education Department has decided to continue with serving Midday Meals during the month of May, 2022. The schools will run till 9 am during this month, and close after the MDMs are served, School and Mass Education Department Secretary, Bishnupada Sethi informed.
“As ascertained from IMD, the temperature at any station in Odisha by 8.30 am is around 32 to 34 degree centigrade during May, so by 9.00, it should not cross 35 degrees. But we are expecting temperature to fall from today, so by 9.00 am, it would not even reach 33 degrees,” Sethi said.
“We have asked to schools to close by 9.00 am after serving meals. The children will benefit both on account of learning loss recovery lessons and MDM. Since the government and government aided schools are located in the vicinity of children, there’s no risk on account of summer heat,” he added.
As the State is reeling under a spell of heatwave, the S&ME Department has rescheduled school timings (teaching hours) from 6 am to 9 am, effective May 2, 2022.