Rulers’ sentiments play havoc with students

  • Telangana schools curtail Christmas vacation
  • Schools unprepared for Bonalu and Bathukamma holidays
  • Two-week Christmas vacation to be shortened
  • Schools deal with incomplete portion

(P Ravi)

Hyderabad, December 17: While HRD ministry’s directive to schools to observe December 25 as Good Governance Day is causing distress at the Centre; closer home too, it is holidays that are being discussed, nevertheless, of another kind. TRS government wanted to celebrate the spirit of Telangana and had given an extension of Bathukamma and Bonalu holidays to Dasara holidays in October. This forced all the educational institutions to abide by the directive including the CBSE schools, despite the absence of any plan to that effect. In turn, the government wanted to curtail the Sankranthi (Pongal) holidays given in the month of January (The fact that Chief Minister K Chandrasekara Rao had always proclaimed his belief that Sankranthi is the festival of Andhra region even though the festival is celebrated with equal gusto in Telangana, if not more – does create a bit of bad air, especially with his repeated announcements of curtailing Sankranthi holidays).

Usually, schools in Telangana follow their own schedule as per their convenience. For example, Christian Missionary Schools and CBSE schools give a two-week holiday for Christmas and New Year, while a few private schools prefer to give a 10-day holiday during Sankranthi.

Now, with school holidays being announced to appease the popular sentiment, school authorities face the real issue of incomplete syllabus owing to unscheduled holidays. To compensate for the same, Telangana schools will now have to cut down on Christmas holidays causing dissent among the parents. “The whole academic year has been disturbed. We have no choice but to cancel Christmas holidays because we have to finish the syllabus,” a principal of a CBSE school said. As far as state schools are concerned, holidays have been declared from December 23 to Jan 2 for Christian Missionary Schools and from January 10 to 15 for those who follow Sankranthi vacation. Half-yearly exams have been postponed to January 3 and will go on till January 9.

On the other hand, CM of Telangana announced a two-day holiday for Christmas, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha (Bakrid) reacting to the request made by MIM leader in Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi. With school holidays too finding their way into politics of regions and religions, one hopes that by next year the issue will be resolved as the schools would then be better prepared with the new holiday schedule.

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