State schools

Public schools for grades 1-9, 11 will operate until April 30

Pune: Maharashtra’s education department has said state council grades 1-9 and 11 schools will operate ‘all day’ until April 30 to make up for the academic loss caused to students due to COVID -19, a decision that will affect the students’ summer vacation schedule.

Generally, the annual exams for classes 1 to 9 end on April 15 and the holidays begin thereafter. The GR released by IM Kazi, Joint Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra, ordered schools to operate full day on Saturday instead of half day and voluntarily on Sunday.

He also said exams for classes 1 to 9 and 11 should be taken in the third week of April and the results announced in May.

Harishchandra Gaikwad, chairman of the Pune District Managers Association, said the government should have released this GR by the end of February.

Schools have already completed preparations for holding exams and released a timetable, he said, adding that many parents have planned their summer holidays accordingly.

“In this GR, the Department of Education asked schools to report results by May but no date was given. If there had been a deadline, it would have been easy for schools to plan,” Gaikwad said.

In the normal course, examinations for schools under the state board of Maharashtra end on April 15 and then the holidays begin.

“Now, with this new GR, students will have to come to schools until the end of April,” he added.

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