'Let children enjoy time with their family': Kerala HC refuses to allow CBSE vacation classes

Kerala High Court. Photo: Manorama

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has refused to extend an interim order allowing schools under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to conduct vacation classes for children above 14 years of age.

After a hectic academic year, the students need a break, observed the court.

"The students should enjoy the vacations and rejuvenate for their next academic year. Holiday breaks allow the students to shift their focus from traditional study materials. They can realise their other ambitions through extracurricular activities, which they are generally unable to achieve during a school year," said the court.

It further added that children need to enjoy leisure time with their family and friends especially since a hectic academic year awaits them.

"Summer vacation is necessary for the students to spend time with their kith and kin and for a mental break. Concentrating on school books alone is not sufficient for children. Let them sing, let them dance, let them eat their favourite food leisurely without the fear of next day's home work, let them enjoy their favourite television programmes, let them play cricket, football or their favourite sports items and let them enjoy trips with their kith and kin.

"A hectic academic year is coming. Before that, a break is necessary for the student community. The students of 10th standard and Higher Secondary School definitely need a break before they enter their decisive academic year in their life," added the judge Justice PV Kunhikrishnan.

The order was passed on a petition seeking an interim direction to the Regional Director of CBSE to give permission for conducting vacation classes in CBSE Schools.

The State's Director of General Education (DGE) had issued a circular objecting to vacation classes.

The Kerala CBSE School Management Association then moved the High Court against the circular.

Therefore, Justice Kunhikrishnan ordered the registry to place the present petition before the Chief justice so that he can assign it to an appropriate bench.

He also refused to extend the earlier interim order.

(With IANS inputs.)

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