New Delhi: Delhi government on Sunday ordered extension of the summer vacation of all city schools by one week in view of the prevailing heat wave condition in the city.

All schools, including government, private-run and those under civic bodies, which were to reopen on Monday after the summer vacation, have been told to extend the vacation till July 8. Now the schools will reopen on July 9.

"We have decided to extend the summer vacation by one week and schools will reopen on July 9 instead of on Monday," Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said. The vacations had started on May 12.

Lovely said, "Non-compliance of the order will be viewed seriously."

The city has been in the grip of heat wave for the last few weeks with the maximum temparature oscillating between 44 and 42 degrees Celsius.

"Due to high temperature and extreme hot weather conditions in Delhi, it is hearby ordered that all government, government aided and unaided recognised schools under Directorate of Education will remain closed upto July 8.

"All MCD, NDMC and Delhi Cantonment Board schools and aided and unaided recognised schools under these local bodies are also directed to remain closed upto July 8," said an order issued by the Education department.

The Chandigarh Administration also decided to extend the summer vacation for students of pre-primary and primary classes in all schools by a week in view of searing heat wave sweeping the Union Territory.

The schools for these classes would now reopen on July nine, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh.

The vacation schedule for VIth to XIIth classes would remain unchanged, he said. It had been decided that for classes VIth to X11th, the school timings would be from 7.30 AM to 1.00 PM till July 7, the spokesman said.

The morning assembly for these classes would remain suspended till July seven, he said.

The Punjab government had already extended summer vacation of schools by a week. As heat wave continued unabated in Haryana, the state administration extended the summer vacation in recognised, government-aided and private schools till July eight.

All schools in the state would now reopen on July nine, said Haryana Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal.

(Agencies)

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