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Heat forces schools to reschedule classes.

The ongoing heat conditions have forced many Asian expatriate schools to reschedule their daily classes.

While most schools rescheduled their daily classes either in the first or second week of June last year, this time the sweltering conditions have already forced many of them to reschedule their daily classes to disperse earlier than usual.

Already new timings are in force in at least in half a dozen schools and more schools are switching over to new timings from coming Sunday.

Birla Public School (BPS) was among the first to announce the schedule changes owing to the sweltering conditions. The school now disperses at 12:45 pm, after an early start at 6:45am.

A BPS official said the new schedule would continue at least until the summer vacation at the institution starts in the second week of July. BPS Kindergarten glasses are getting over at 10am now, against 11am earlier.

Similarly, Ideal Indian School will have a revised schedule starting from today. Classes will now be held between 6:30am and 12noon.

"The revised schedule will continue until July 7 when the school closes for summer vacation," said Ideal Indian School principal Mohamed Aejaz.

The school has also decided to disperse its kindergarten classes at 9:30am, instead of 11am, said an official.

Another expatriate school, DPS-Modern Indian School, will also get over at 1pm, starting from Sunday.

Bhavan's Public School has also announced that it would disperse classes at 12:45pm from next week.

However, several Indian schools continue to stick to regular schedule. An official at Doha Modern Indian School said the school would continue to function until 3:45pm, as usual. She said the school's afternoon sessions will continue to start at 1:45pm.

Similarly, American School of Doha (ASD), Doha English Speaking School (DESS) and Cambridge International School will continue the existing daily schedules.

ASD will have their daily classes winding up at 3:45 pm, as usual, while DESS and Cambridge International will continue to disperse at 1pm.

Officials at some of the Arabic schools said they would watch the situation in coming days before making a decision on rescheduling timings.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2011

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Date:May 19, 2011
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