CBSE schools heaved a sigh of relief after the declaration of holiday on December 25, which earlier was expected to be celebrated among the students in the schools as being observed as 'good governance day.'
Fr. Melvin, principal of St. Xavier's Senior Secondary School, Barkheda of Bhopal told it would have been impossible for catholic schools to implement the decision of having the schools open on December 25as the schools were already planned to be closed for Christmas from December 21 and reopen on December 29.
Sr. Pavithra, the principal of Carmel Convent School, BHEL said that he was absolutely unsure if such a notice had been issued by MHRD. If it were true then it would have definitely put them in a dilemma as they could not go against the Centre. But the festival of Christmas which is spent entirely in mass and prayers was also an important concern for them.
P S Kalra, the principal of International Public School (IPS), Misrod said, “We have not noticed any such circular from the CBSE on their website regarding celebration of 'good governance day' in CBSE schools. It would have been impossible for any school, Catholic or otherwise, to observe it as often students and teachers plan their vacations in advance and calling them in between would destroy all their plans.”
On December 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared that December 25 will be observed as 'good governance day' as it being the birth anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, the HRD minister Smriti Irani and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley both said on micro blogging site Twitter and in Rajya Sabha that "no such instruction has been issued and no school will function on December 25. Only an online essay competition would be organized."