Government school teachers’ associations have raised concerns about the Directorate of Education’s (DoE) plan to take students out of teaching and learning activities, such as summer vacations, not-so-severe weather conditions. Sessions will eat into their holiday plans, even as officials of the Department of Education said.
Government schools are scheduled for summer vacations after May 11, which will be on staff for reopen June 28. A DoE circular on Friday said teaching-learning activities – Mission Buniyaad, classes for those in grades 10 and 12 and summer camps. 9 – will be held until June 15, after which teachers will submit progress cards by June 18.
Teachers groups have written to the DoE, and sent copies of the letter to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
DoE officials, however, point to learning deficits as a result of students’ pandemic-induced school closures and the need to bridge the gap.
Teachers’ bodies say DoE had “practically brought an end to the summer vacation” by scheduling classes and activities until June 18, leaving them just 10 days before the report.
“In May and June, Delhi comes under a severe heatwave and it is in keeping with these extreme weather conditions that a summer vacation has been envisaged for school children,” a letter by Loktantrik Adhyapak Manch (signed by CP Singh, President and Government School Teachers’ Association (signed by Krishan Kumar Phogat, President).
The two bodies said scheduled catch-up classes would require children to commute to the sweltering heat and spend hours in school in unfavorable weather.
DoE officials familiarized themselves with the idea that it was a “learning shortage” to create summer camps that had been created over the past two years by schools of pandemic-induced closure.
“Evidence suggests that there has been a huge learning gap amid the pandemic in the past two years. To make up for the learning loss, we have organized these summer camps. In addition, the DoE has taken care of the timing of classes that take place during the morning hours when the heat is not harsh. Teachers can also avail their duties, ”said the official, who did not wish to be named.