Whew !! Students of the Central Board ofSecondary Education (CBSE) will enjoy a longer summer vacation from 2015. CBSE has asked schools to begin their upcoming academic year; 15 days later than usual which means the school will re-open from April 15, instead of April 1. CBSE has this decision so that teachers get sufficient time for evaluation of the answer-sheets of Class 10 and 12 board exams. Earlier, schools would re-open on April 1 while the assessment process was ongoing. After this the teachers will find themselves comfortable as well as they would no more require managing their lectures with assessments.
“Some schools fail to relieve their teachers for evaluation even after the start of the new academic year. This is an undesirable practice,” read the CBSE circular that was issued to the schools.
Mumbai school principals have welcomed the decision. “It was difficult for us to re-open at the beginning of April as most of the teachers were occupied with paper-correction which goes on till April-end,” said the principal of Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri.
However, schools are worried that starting the academic year late will affect Class 10 and Class 12 students. Since preparations of students appearing for the board exams usually begin in April itself so some schools might have to hold special classes for students appearing for board exams. Rescheduling the academic year to give teachers time for assessment was necessary because teachers are still getting used to the new form of assessment, said a principal from Navi Mumbai. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had begun online assessment of the board exam papers from this year. (Read our post: CBSE adopts on-screen marking system to evaluate Class 10 answer sheets)