5-day week likely for KVS primary kids

Central school students of Standard I to V may soon have a five-day week with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) mulling over the proposal.

Teachers of these primary school sections will, however, get no relief. They will continue to work six days a week, except on second Saturdays of every month.

The proposal to give a two-day break - Saturday and Sunday - to primary school children has been mooted by the KVS on the recommendations of a committee set up to examine the issue, according to sources.

The board of governors (BoG) of the KVS will take a final decision at its meeting chaired by Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister M M Pallam Raju on January 28.

A five-day week for primary section children of KVS has been a long standing demand. The KVS is planning to introduce it at the primary level as stipulated under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. Many schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) are already implementing it. The KVS hopes a five-day week will give students adequate time for “self-paced learning” while allowing teachers to plan for the week ahead.

“The children can spend Saturday and Sunday on extra-curricular activities and hobbies,” the sources noted.

Apart from savings from “energy consumption” by schools, the parent-teacher meetings are also expected to become more meaningful under the new system.

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