From 2015, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) may extend the working days of schools to six days a week at the secondary and senior secondary levels.
The board has expressed its intention in this regard in the Senior School Curriculum 2015 published on its academic portal. It says: “In order to complete the 45 working hours per week as per the recommendation of RTE-Act 2009, a school needs to function for six days a week for six hours and 10 minutes each day”, mulled CBSE in the curriculum.
It further recommended that after completing school hours, teachers should be retained for an additional hour and 20 minutes to plan, prepare, check and follow up work.
The teachers shall devote at least 1200 hours in a year to the actual teaching in classroom for Classes I-VIII, out of which around 200 hours should be kept for remedial teaching and attention for both the weak and gifted students either before or after the school hours, said the curriculum.
It also suggests that all the teachers must teach for a minimum of 30 periods per week while the remaining periods should be utilized to plan and prepare the lessons and activities.