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Schools to work on Saturdays, may shorten winter break to make up for loss in study time

November 19, 2019 06:06 AM

COURTESY HT NOV 19


Sadia Akhtar

sadia.akhtar@htlive.com

Gurugram : Several schools in the city have decided to remain open on Saturdays to make up for the four working days when they had to be shut on account of extreme pollution conditions this month.

While schools such as Amity International, DPS, Sushant Lok, and DAV Public School have made Saturdays working, Amity School is in the process of discussing the possibility of reducing the duration of the coming winter break to make up for the loss in study time.


Schools were directed to close on account of heavy air pollution for the second time this month on November 14 and 15. Earlier this month, schools were asked to close on November 4 and 5 due to high pollution levels.

On both occasions, the Supreme Court-appointed Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (Epca) had directed the closure of all schools in the national Capital region due to the deteriorating air quality.

Schools need to have a minimum of 200 working days for classes one to five and 220 working days for upper primary classes in an academic year, as mandated by Section 19 of the Right To Education Act, 2009.


Anshu Arora, principal, Amity International School, Sector 43, said November 9 was a working Saturday and the coming Saturday (November 23) would also be working. “We are working on Saturdays to make up for the loss of classes. In addition, the syllabus will be fine-tuned in such a way that children don’t miss out on studies. We are also discussing if we should reduce the duration of the winter break, but there is no clarity over that yet,” said Arora.

Aparna Erry, principal, DAV Public School, Sector 14, said the school would be working on the remaining Saturdays of the month to keep up with the syllabus. “Earlier this month when schools were ordered to close for two days, we had kept the following Saturdays working. However, soon after, we saw another unexpected closure last week. We will have more working Saturdays to make up for the missed classes,” said Erry.

Amita Saxena, principal, DPS Sushant Lok, said the school would work on Saturdays to make up for the classes. “We will take a look at our calendar and see what events have been planned for upcoming Saturdays, and accordingly, choose feasible days on which the school can be kept open,” said Saxena.


She added that the closure of schools for four days was definitely a significant loss, more so because most schools had their staff coming to work. “Had the pollution problem not been there, the academic days would have been fruitful. However, the health of children is our priority,” said Saxena.

 
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