Teachers’ unions oppose proposal for 220 school working days in upcoming academic year

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Directorate of Education's proposal to introduce 220 working days for the upcoming academic year has faced objections from teachers' organisations.

Schools operated aiming for 200 working days, which was often a difficult task to achieve. During a meeting to discuss the academic calendar, the Director of General Education presented a recommendation of 220 working days, with 200 days allotted for study and the remaining time designated for exams. The teachers' organisation, NTU, expressed concern that it may lead to the inclusion of 28 Saturdays as working days if this proposal were implemented.

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KPSTA, citing the Right to Education Act, stressed the requirement of one thousand hours of study per year. The Director of Public Education stated that disagreements would be reported to the education department, leaving the final decision in the hands of the government.

Meanwhile, KSTA welcomed the proposal to maximise additional study days for students as part of delivering quality education. AKSTU urged consideration of feasible working days that take into account the needs of both students and teachers.

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