Providing relief to lakhs of school children and their parents, the Delhi government has ordered all schools in the national capital to advance their summer vacation to 11 May.
On Tuesday, the Education Department issued an order to this effect to all private, government-run as well as those under the municipal bodies to observe the "mandatory summer vacations".
"The Directorate of Education (DoE) has issued a circular to all the heads of government/aided/private/NDMC /MCD /DCB schools directing them to observe mandatory summer vacations from May 11," an official statement said.
It said the decision has been taken in view of the searing heat and predictions of temperature rising further.
The national capital on Monday witnessed the hottest day of the season with mercury soaring to 44 degrees Celsius, five notches above the season's average. The maximum temperature settled at 39.6 degrees Celsius today.
While summer vacations in government-run schools begin from 10 May every year, private schools have varied schedules.
There are over 3,500 private schools, 1,150 government-run schools and over 2,500 schools run by various civic bodies in the city.