Parents of CBSE school students oppose 6-day week proposal
for Classes 6 to 8
than 12,700 parents of children studying in schools affiliated to the Central
Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) across the country, including Mumbai, have
joined an online petition opposing a proposed six-day week for Classes 6 to 8.
‘Let our kids rest’ was started by parents last month, demanding that their
children be allowed to relax over the weekend.
In a circular on curriculum updates for 2015-16, the CBSE has directed
schools to function six hours and 10 minutes six days a week. However, it will
remain a five-day week for students of Classes 1 to 5.
Though the CBSE officials said the proposal is yet to be finalised, parents
have started an online campaign raising their voices against it. The parents
have written a petition addressed to the CBSE board chairperson.
“Indian students have some of the highest stress levels in the world,” read
the petition. “Our children don’t have enough time to spend with families, play
sports or take part in extra-curricular activities.”
The parents have demanded the board to withdraw the proposal. “If many of us
sign the petition, we can send the message loud and clear to CBSE not to
overburden our children,” said a parent, refusing to be named.
They said that weekends are important for children to
de-stress after working hard throughout the week. “My son looks forward to
weekends as he can relax and do activities that he loves,” said a parent. “This
also helps my son focus at school for the rest of the week.”
In April, the state school education department had asked its
schools to follow a six-day week but the decision was rolled back. The
department had insisted that schools should meet the 220 working days stipulated
by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. But, the city schools had objected,
stating that it would require them to work on Saturdays.
“Giving offs on weekends is important for the children’s
mental health,” said Chandrakanta Pathak, principal, HVB Global Academy, Marine
Lines. “It is the only time of the week when children get to spend quality time
with their families.”
WHAT THE CIRCULAR SAYS
Courtesy: Hindustan Times