False news declaring a holiday for all schools in Pathanamthitta had been spreading on WhatsApp.

Heavy rains in Kerala Schools in Kannur Kottayam and Kozhikode declare holiday
news Kerala rains Monday, July 22, 2019 - 09:23

On account of the heavy rains in Kerala, all educational institutions in Kannur, including professional colleges, have declared holiday on Monday (July 22). The announcement was made by the Kannur District Collector. However, there will be no change in the university exam schedule. 

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a Red alert in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur for Monday and Kannur and Kasaragod for Tuesday, July 23. Meanwhile, Orange alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Malappuram and Kasaragod for July 22 and in Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts for July 23. The districts of Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasaragod have been issued Orange alert for July 24.

In Kottayam, holiday has been declared by the District Collector for all educational institutions, barring professional colleges in Kottayam town, Arpookara, Aymanam, Thiruvarpu and Kumarakom panchayats.  

Classes for all schools up to Class 12 in Kozhikode have been declared holiday due to the rains. The holiday will apply to Anganwadis, Kendriya Vidyalayas and all CBSE and ICSE schools in the district. Professional colleges will, however, continue to have classes. 

In Thiruvananthapuram, holiday has been declared for St Mary’s Lower Primary school in Vettukad, which has been turned into a relief centre. No holiday has been declared for any other academic institution. Thiruvananthapuram Collector also requested people to not spread false information on school holidays in the district.

False messages on holiday in Pathanamthitta 

Fake WhatsApp messages of the Pathanamthitta district collector declaring a holiday on Monday began spreading across Whatsapp groups. Clarifying that no holiday has been issued in the district, collector PB Noohu posted a message on his official Facebook account.

“A holiday has been declared for the Thiruvalla Thirumoolapuram St Thomas Higher Secondary School, which is currently operating as a relief centre due to rains. No holiday has been declared for any other educational institutions in the district. Whatsapp forwards claiming that a holiday has been declared have been doing the rounds. Request you to refrain from sharing fake news,” the collector’s Facebook post read.

What followed the collector’s post were hilarious comments from users asking for a holiday.

“If we go to classes today we will get wet in the rains and get drenched right down to our underwear,” a user commented on the post. Another user said they did not demand the collector’s kidney, but just for a holiday and that it should be issued.

Other users even commented that if they catch a fever due to the rains, the collector, too, will be held responsible for it.

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