Kerala govt agrees to 204 working days this academic year

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Thiruvananthapuram: The state Government has backed away from its move to implement 220 working days in government schools in Kerala.

The move came following stiff resistance and protest from the school teachers' unions.

During a meeting of the Quality Improvement Project (QIP) monitoring committee teachers’ organisations chaired by Education Minister V Sivankutty on Tuesday, a decision was taken to adopt 204 working days, including 12 Saturdays.

Meanwhile, Minister pointed out that the government suggested 220 working days based on The Right to Education Act and Kerala Education Act & Rules. The teachers' unions demanded a maximum of 5 working days per week. Following this, a decision was taken over reducing the number of working days from 220 to 204.

Last academic year, the government had set 202 working days. However, this was limited to 199 days due to school closure because of rainfall.

A few days back, a draft academic calendar comprising 220 working days was tabled in a meeting chaired by the Director of Public Education. The decision met with strong opposition from the teachers' union.

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