of all categories have been reopened in most of the states across India
including the southern state such as Tamil Nadu. Children studying in all
levels of schooling right from the primary, middle, and high school and the
higher secondary levels have resumed their routine of attending schools.
course, the reopening of schools after the regular long summer had got delayed
by several days this time. This was due to the persisting unusual heat wave prevailing
across India. All states belonging to different zones like north, south, east,
and west have been experiencing unprecedented oppressive and prolonged summers
now the schools have reopened but the oppressive heat still continues to take a
heavy toll on the physical and psychological health of the children. As
education is so vital for the children and they cannot afford to lose that, the
government cannot keep on postponing the reopening date of the schools.
kind of prolonged heat wave with the high temperatures crossing 100 degrees
most of the time has become a regular phenomenon in recent times thanks to
part of precautionary measures, the children should be protected from the impacts
of the intense heat. The children should be prevented from suffering from conditions
like dehydration. The children should be encouraged to consume a good volume of
clean drinking water every day to beat the heat.
with the schools having reopened, the children would be spending a major part
of the day in the schools and hence the school authorities of the respective
schools also should ensure clean drinking water to the children.
parents should make it a point to keep the children remain hydrated by giving them
bottles of clean drinking water along with their school bags containing textbooks.
Similarly dress that the children wear should also be given importance to face
this kind of oppressive heat.
children should be encouraged to wear mostly Cotton garments that help to ward
off the heat. Psychological health also gets affected for children by heat
along with heat-triggered physical ailments like skin rashes, boils, and other
issues. These points should be kept in
mind by all in particular, the parents of school-going children and the
Climate Change is the basic cause of this kind of prolonged heat waves the
things required to reduce its impacts also should be considered. Long-term
measures like giving utmost importance to education on practices of massive
tree planting and avoidance of carbon-emitting materials etc. should also have
to be taken up by all concerned.