Credit system may pose challenge to Kerala state schools

PK Manikandan

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Thiruvananthapuram: The union government is mulling to introduce credit system in school education, like in colleges. But Kerala is concerned about credit loss for its students due to mandatory study hours.

The recently unveiled National Credit Framework proposes the integration of education from pre-primary to research, aiming to streamline the entire educational journey. However, Kerala expressed its disagreement with this approach during a recent high-level meeting in Delhi. As schools transition to a credit-based system, the key challenge lies in increasing school days.

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Ahead of the academic year 2023-2024, the state government proposed 220 study days by working on Saturdays. However, after objections raised by teachers' organisations, citing concerns over an increased study load for students, the government decided to reconsider this proposal. Education minister has announced that schools will be open for 210 days by delaying the summer vacation by a week in April.

If working days cannot be increased, the credit system will be a problem for state schools.

Credit Loss

One drawback of this system is that if students miss study days, they may suffer academically, as credits will be impacted. It has been proposed to make 1,200 hours of study per academic year mandatory for classes VI-XII. For standards III, IV and V, 1,000 hours, and for classes I and II, 800 hours are required. Thirty hours of study equal one credit. For 1,200 hours, the student will get 40 credits and this will be mandatory. If this cannot be met, the student will lose credits.

In the previous academic years, though the state education department stated 200 study days were mandatory, schools could not do it. If 200 days are met, with an average of five study hours a day, 1,000 hours can be achieved.

Sources from the education department informed 'Mathrubhumi' that failure to ensure compliance with this requirement could result in the state lagging behind the national mainstream in school education.

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