Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KVs set to go in for 5-day weeks for Stds I-V

Students of classes I to V at Kendriya Vidyalaya schools could have five-day weeks from the coming academic session.

A decision in this regard is expected to be taken at the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Board meeting here tomorrow after a committee set up to look into the issue favoured such a move.

The move would be in keeping with the provisions of the RTE Act which has sought 200 working days for classes I to V and 220 days for classes VI to VIII, sources said.

"There is a strong feeling among teachers, parents and students about having five working days," they said.

Students can have enough time for self-based learning and get time in hand to pursue hobbies, the committee has said.

The move could also help schools reduce energy consumption, it added.

The RTE Act also mandates 800 instructional hours per academic year for Stds I to V and 1,000 instructional hours per academic year for sixth to eighth classes.

It also says that the minimum number of working hours per week for a teacher should be 45. This includes both teaching and preparation time.

With the introduction of a five-day week, the number of school days will come down from 234 to 207 for classes I to V, sources added.

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