Education

Teachers’ groups in Delhi have asked the Department of Education to cancel summer camps due to the extreme heat

Teachers' groups in Delhi have asked the Department of Education to cancel summer camps due to the extreme heat.
Teachers' groups in Delhi have asked the Department of Education to cancel summer camps due to the extreme heat.

Teachers’ associations have petitioned various authorities to cancel the ongoing summer camp in government schools due to the city’s recurring heatwaves. However, education department officials stated that these are required to meet the learning needs of students.

On Wednesday, summer vacations began in Delhi, and summer camps are being held in all government schools from 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. After a two-year gap caused by the pandemic, all students have been encouraged to attend these camps, focusing on foundational reading and numeracy, and parents have been asked to submit No Objection Certificates to their schools.

These are set to continue until June 18, with summer vacation ending on June 28.

The Government Schools Teachers Association and the Loktantrik Adhyapak Manch wrote to the Directorate of Education requesting that this be reconsidered.

“Children need to be protected from inclement weather, but the Department wants all of them to commute in the sweltering heat and harsh hot winds and sit and learn in heated up classrooms to catch up.” It should be noted that many school buildings are inadequate to withstand extreme weather.

“It is unthinkable to force young children to spend several hours in such classrooms during Summer vacation when they cannot even think of going out in the open ground after 8 a.m. due to the heat,” they wrote.

On Thursday, the Nagar Nigam Shikshak Manch also wrote to the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, requesting intervention and emphasizing that children have the right to summer vacation.

“Fire is raining from the skies over Delhi, and everyone is suffering from the heat, sweat, and thirst.” Economically disadvantaged students attend government schools, where it is difficult to obtain nutritious food for their children due to high prices. It is feared that these small children will become ill due to the extreme heat.”

However, education department officials stated that the summer camp is critical in assisting students in getting back on track following the extended school closures. The new session began on April 1, and these grades have not yet started with their syllabus, with the emphasis solely on foundation learning.
“The timing has been set to be completed in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat.” The entire goal is to close the learning gap for the past two years; another interruption will make this difficult. We have also held summer camps in previous years,” said an official.
The authored article is written by Darshana Joshi and shared with Prittle Prattle News  exclusively.
Must Read –  Times Professional 
Follow Us: Facebook Instagram | Twitter YouTube | LinkedIn Pinterest Tumblr
Skip to toolbar