HRDD introduces reformed Annual School Calendar

Gangtok, 04 Jun:

The Human Resource Development Department, had earlier this year, decided to bring some changes in the Annual School Calendar with major reforms in the duration of summer and winter break.

Following the same, the department has issued the rescheduled Annual School Calendar across the State, it is informed.

Speaking to SummitTimes, Director [Examination & Text Book], HRDD, Dr YP Nepal, has said that the department has issued the new calendar to be followed for this academic session along with reforms.

“The changes have been made with the aim to benefit students of the school and also to concur somewhat with the calendar of rest of the nation. The new calendar will also align Sikkim’s academic calendar with that of CBSE and NCERT to some extent which will help and benefit the local students in many ways,” said Dr Nepal.

He further informed that summer and winter vacations for the academic session 2018-19 has been rescheduled in the best interest of the students and taking into account weather conditions especially during rainy season.

It may be mentioned here, previously Government Schools throughout the State had summer break of 10-15 days which has now been extended to 25 days.

According to the new calendar, students of all Government Schools will enjoy summer vacation of 25 days this year which will start from 28 Jun to 22 Jul while the duration of winter vacation has been reduced to one month which was two months previously.

Dr Nepal further added that these reforms will help improve academic quality of the students and make them more competitive and focused towards their studies.

“As per the new calendar, the academic session 2019 will re-open on 01 Feb next year,” he added.

Speaking on various benefits of the new calendar, Dr Nepal said, “The number of holidays, winter and summer put together, remains the same. Summer break has been increased keeping in view adverse monsoon conditions. Winters here are not as harsh as it used to be and so schools can utilise more days of the winter vacation as working days to minimise the learning gap.”

He further added, “Class XI will start in Jun-Jul to give students sufficient time to not only complete their syllabus but to also give them adequate preparation time for competitive examinations during extended winter vacation. From the next academic session, the annual examination for Class XI will be conducted in the month of Feb which used to be earlier conducted in Dec.”

“We have received no negative feedback till date. It is understood that all have accepted and welcomed the decision of the department and have no issues with the new calendar,” Dr Nepal added.