Srinagar- After sending confused signals initially the School Education Department on Friday announced three-month winter vacations for all the schools in the Valley in a phased manner beginning December 1.
The announcement of winter break in schools came on a day when Srinagar city, recorded the season’s coldest night at minus 1.4 degree Celsius.
According to an order issued by the Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Alok Kumar all schools up to class 5th shall observe winter vacation from December 1while the middle classes (6th to 8th standard) will cease academic activities on December 12.
Similarly, secondary and higher secondary level classes will observe winter vacations from December 19.
The schools will reopen after winter break on February 28.
“The Teaching staff of High and Higher Secondary Schools shall report back to their respective schools on 20th February, 2023, so that they remain available for making arrangements regarding preparation of ensuing examinations,” reads the order.
All teachers, the order said, shall remain available on demand for any online guidance of students during vacation period.
“Any default on part of the Head of the Schools/Teaching staff in observance of the above schedule shall attract strict action under Rules,” it added.
Meanwhile, the announcement of winter vacations amidst the falling mercury has come as a huge respite to the students and their parents.
“It was the need of hour. Winter vacations at the stipulated time are very important in Kashmir since the weather is bone-chilling cold and there are as such no proper heating arrangements in-place in schools on both private and government level,” says Rosina Ashraf, a parent from Srinagar.
Echoing similar views, another parent Shabnam Mattoo said that winter vacations, especially for younger kids is welcome news.
“However, the prolonged session this time makes one grieve the loss of precious academic time due to the March session. Moreover there are many confusions around the fee structure which needs to be clarified as far as private schools are concerned,” she added.
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