Summer vacation to start from April 6 next year: Sivankutty

Education Minister V Sivankutty. FILE PHOTO

Thiruvananthapuram: The summer vacations will be delayed from next year on, but schools will reopen on June 1, Education Minister V Sivankutty said on Thursday.

Instead of April 1, the schools will be closed for the long vacation only from April 6 onwards. He pointed out that the measure is being taken to ensure the availability of 210 teaching days in an academic year. A department-level promotion committee will hold its meeting this week to decide on the promotion of eligible teachers. In case of a shortage in their numbers, orders have been issued to appoint guest teachers.

The government succeeded in providing better infrastructural facilities to nearly 1,300 schools in the state by spending Rs 1,500 crore, arranged by utilising plan funds and other schemes. A total of 45,000 classrooms, from Classes 8 to 12, were made technology-friendly, and an integrated portal was prepared to facilitate the same. Computer labs were set up in all primary and upper primary schools, the minister noted.

Variable programmes were conceived to enhance the quality of education. Special projects were implemented to extend academic help to students who were found weak in subjects like language, science, social science, and mathematics. An academic master plan was prepared in every school.

The minister exhorted teachers to ensure that the students acquire the right amount of knowledge as provided by the syllabus for various age categories.

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