Kolkata: West Bengal government has truncated the near two-month summer vacation that it had ordered from 3 May in government and private schools. The school education department on 30 May has issued a revised order stating that the primary, secondary, and higher secondary schools in the state will now enjoy the summer vacation till 8 June.
The next day being a Sunday, the schools will reopen from 10 June. The decision has been taken in view of the change in the weather, it states. On 2 May, during the high alert for Cyclone Fani, the education department had issued an order stating that all government schools shall go into a break from 3 May to 30 June. It had requested private schools to follow the same schedule.
This is even as the original vacation schedule in government schools was 21 May to 8 June, and in private schools from 15 May to 15 June. The order on near two-month summer vacation invoked a sharp reaction from the parents and teachers alike. This was especially true in case of north Bengal where neither Cyclone Fani had a significant impact nor the summer is as harsh like south Bengal.
The all-round criticism finally made the education minister Partha Chatterjee to take to the Facebook on 27 May and assure people that the issues flagged by them will be looked into. Chatterjee today afternoon announced on Facebook about the truncation of the summer vacation and the school education department followed up with a formal order.