Private schools allowed to take call on reopening of primary classes

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 13

Winter-closing private schools affiliated to the CBSE/ICSE Board do not need to restart primary classes. As against the November 9 orders that Class III-VII in all schools would restart from November 10 and Class I-II from November 15, the Director, Higher Education, today allowed the winter-closing private schools to take a call on the reopening of the schools for primary classes.

"It's not mandatory for private schools affiliated with the CBSE/ICSE to call students of primary classeshellip;. They may take a decision after discussing the matter with their PTA and school managements," read an order from the Director. The order said it was applicable to winter-closing schools of Shimla city and the district. "The schools affiliated to CBSE/ICSE in other districts may also follow the directions," he said.

Interestingly, government schools and others affiliated to the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education will function as per the orders issued on November 9.

The Student-Parent Forum, which has been opposing the decision to reopen the schools on the ground that hardly 10-15 days are left in the session for the winter-closing schools, called the decision vague and incomplete. "The decision should have been for students up to Class IX, not just primary classes. Also, it should be applicable to schools affiliated to the HP Board of School Education as well," said Vijender Mehra, convener of the forum.

He said the Director should issue clear orders stating that all classes and exams up to Class IX would be conducted online. "The Chief Minister should look into it and issue instructions that all schools up to Class IX will conduct classes and exams online," said Mehra.

Earlier orders

The earlier orders had stated that Classes III-VII in all schools would restart from November 10 and Classes I and II from November 15.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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