Education Minister V Sivankutty | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: General education minister V Sivankutty reiterated that the Kerala government would not back away from its decision to increase school working days. He remarked that students and parents are happy with classes being held on Saturdays.
While addressing the media in Thiruvananthapuram, Sivankutty pointed out that the government can ensure 220 working days based on The Right to Education Act and Kerala Education Act & Rules.
The minister also dismissed opposition from the Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA), a leftist organisation, against the government's move. He argued that increasing working hours wouldn't affect children's non-academic activities.
Meanwhile, KSTA general secretary NT Shivarajan alleged that the government rolled out the academic calendar "without proper discussion." As of now, there are already 200 working days. Therefore, there is no need to increase the days further, he said.
The government had initially planned to make Saturdays working days. Later it said the school would close on April 6, unlike previous years when it shut for summer vacation on March 31. The Minister had said this would ensure 210 working days. The first Saturday after reopening on June 1 was working day for state schools.