THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of floods and Nipah outbreak, the General Education Department had to rearrange the working days of the current school academic year in order to make up for the productive days lost. The department has now decided to achieve a target of 200 working days from the next academic year. As part of this, an academic calendar will soon be released by the government before the end of March. Last year, the department had a target of 200 school working days. The schools, however, could not meet the deadline.
In the new calendar, the days allotted for Onam and Christmas term examinations will be reduced. Examinations, except for Class X and XI, will be held in the forenoon. The training to teachers will be held only on holidays to avoid loss of school days. The department will also take steps to reduce the days of the school arts festival from next year as it has already implemented in the current academic year.
A Shahjahan, General Education Secretary, told Express the aim is to meet the target of 200 working days in an academic year.“Every year, we plan to achieve the 200 working days’ target. But due to several reasons, we could not meet it. This year also, we tried our best to achieve the target though we lost so many working days.”
“However, we have decided to achieve the 200-mark in the next academic year and the calendar will be released in March itself and the early release of the calendar helps to streamline the working days much earlier so as to avoid extra classes on Saturdays and evenings,” Shahjahan said.
He said a workshop with the participation of teachers will be held next week to discuss about achieving the working days’ target. As per the Kerala Education Rules (KER), the working days from Class I to Class XII should be 200.
Earlier, the High Court had instructed all the schools to comply with the working days stipulated in KER.
Earlier, the Education Department’s decision to make a few Saturdays as working days in order to ensure at least 200 academic days this year triggered a major controversy. Various teachers’ unions had decried the department’s decision, calling it a move to further ‘overburden’ teachers and students.