With the mercury soaring high, the state government has directed schools to follow a half-day timetable to beat the heat. Students in state government schools as well as aided-private schools will be attending classes from 8 am to 12.30 pm for six classes of 35 minutes each from Friday, till their exams commence from April 15.
Schools following CBSE as well as ICSE boards will continue their schedules as usual. “Except central board schools, most schools will follow the half-day timetable from March 15 to April 24. Students will have it easy anyway from April 15 to April 23, when their examinations are under way, till the end of summer vacations,” said S. Sreenivas Reddy, convener of AP Recognised School managements’ Association.
The practice of completing a few chapters of 10th standard syllabus in March after completion of 9th standard syllabus will continue in most of the schools, irrespective of reduced school hours.
“Our students are in the middle of their annual examinations, following which they get a break till April 1. School hours after commencement of the new academic year will remain the same, as it does not make sense to allow children to travel in the peak noon hours at 12.30 pm to 1 pm.
The classes will go on as scheduled till 3 pm,” said D. Usha Reddy, principal of Meridian School, Madhapur.