From the upcoming academic session of 2015-16, the Maharashtra government has decided to permit all the schools in the state to go for a five-day working week as pointed by an official source. The decision would be applicable for private as well as government run primary and secondary schools throughout the state.
According to Shikshak Bharti President and Congress legislator Kapil Patil, “The decks have been cleared for all schools to plan out a five-day working week on a voluntary basis without violating the provisions of Right to Education Act. Since the schools have already closed for summer vacations now, it will be applicable from the next academic year starting June.” He further said that this would help distressing students, parents, teachers and non-teaching staff alike. The school management could think of innovative plans and ideas and keep the children busy in various extra-curricular activities during the weekends. They can organize programmes that can happen in the school premises and help students to be become more productive taking part in all of the activities.
Shikshak Bharti is long been campaigning in favor of five-day working week for schools in the state. Patil said this could benefit the students and their academic performances in a long term. The senior officer of Shikshak Bharti has commented that the previous method of six days a working week was like a jail for most of the students and teachers who had to undergo the school hours daily. He believes that after this gets passes, situation would become much better for students and teachers alike.
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