The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) has issued two circulars recently to water down activities on the day of Christmas in its schools and scrapped the chances of schools remaining open at that day for any reason or events marking the ‘Good Governance Day’ as ordered by the government earlier.
For the last few weeks the intention of the government over X-Mas day was not clear and there were contradictory statements, circulars and counter circulars that made the rounds for the time being. Finally CBSE came with two back to back circulars making it clear that the ‘participation is voluntary’ and that the schools would not remain open on 25 December by any means. Those students who are willing to submit their entries for various competitions organized by the schools can do that online.
The problem arose when a leading newspaper highlighted the 10 December circular which was issued by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, which asked the schools to hold programmes on Christmas Day to celebrate Good Governance Day at schools. The decision was severely criticized from then on by various MPs and religious groups throughout the nation and the government was forced to tone down their mandate.
The circular issued by CBSE clearly mentioned that students may write essays on age-appropriate topics. There would be links provided in the website of CBSE through which the students could submit their entries. Not many students are expected to take part and submit their essays online as most of the city schools are already shut for the Christmas break that is starting from Monday, and thus the word would not reach all.