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Kerala edu department panel calls to advance school timings

Deccan Chronicle 2017-05-20 02:25:00

Thiruvananthapuram: The Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) cell of the general education department has recommended changes in school timings from the coming academic year.

The  cell has suggested that the school hours should be from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. without  major break, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a lunch interval for one hour at 12 noon.  The final decision will be taken by the government.

Starting the classes early would give more time to both the students and teachers in the afternoon for preparations. Studies have also found that classes in the  morning are better.

The recommendation was based on a directive of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) to the general education department to make the academic hours earlier.

Most of the CBSE and ICSE syllabus schools now commence their classes early in the morning and end them by afternoon.
The classes for higher secondary section now begin at 9 a.m. and  standard I to Class X at 10 am. This has disrupted the classes in many schools due to two prayer timings.

The QIP committee also wanted the state government  to ask aided and state school teachers and staff members of the general education department to send their wards to government or aided schools.