The Bihar government’s education department has recently made a significant decision to reduce the number of festive holidays in government schools. This decision aims to enhance the overall quality of the school education system in Bihar and streamline the functioning of schools.
Revised Count of Festive Holidays
According to the official announcement, the number of festive holidays for government schools in Bihar has been revised down to 11. This marks a notable reduction from the previous count of 23 holidays. The revision is applicable between the months of September and December.
Modifications to Holiday Periods
Several holiday periods have undergone modifications as a result of this decision. Notably, the Raksha Bandhan holiday on August 31 will no longer be observed. The six-day holiday previously granted for Durga Puja has been shortened to a three-day break. Similarly, the nine-day holiday period originally spanning from November 13 to 21, which covered Diwali to Chhath, has been adjusted.
Updated Directive for School Operation
The Education Department has issued an updated directive that mandates primary schools to maintain a minimum of 200 working days. Meanwhile, middle schools are required to operate for at least 220 days. However, disruptions caused by elections, examinations, festivals, and natural disasters can affect the regular school schedule.
Ensuring Uniformity and Streamlining Operations
The practice of closing schools on festival occasions varies across districts, with some remaining open while others remain closed. To ensure uniformity in school operations, changes will be implemented throughout the remaining days of 2023. These changes are aimed at addressing inconsistencies and streamlining the functioning of schools.
The reduction in school holidays and the updated directive from the Education Department highlight the government’s commitment to improving the quality of education in Bihar. The changes are set to have a lasting impact on the school calendar and overall educational experience.
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