Cambodia reduces school hours amid soaring heatwave

According to a directive released on Tuesday, Cambodia ordered all public schools to reduce two hours off their regular school days due to soaring temperatures in the ongoing dry season.

The directive said the normal morning school session from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. will now conclude an hour earlier, while the afternoon session, usually lasting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will commence an hour later.

“During the dry season in 2024, the weather is scorching, and temperatures can be higher than 40 degrees Celsius between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said in the directive.

He said the measure is to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Chan Yutha, a spokesman and secretary of state for the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, said last week that Cambodia had recorded the highest-ever temperature in this hot season in about 170 years.

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Khmer Times