December 4, 2013, 12:16 pm
The CBSE in a major move has decided to extend the working days of schools to six days from 2015 for secondary and senior secondary divisions.
The board is mulling extending the functioning days keeping with the mandate of the Right to Education Act which seeks to fulfill 45 working hour per week.
The regulatory body has expressed its intention in this regard in the 2015 school curriculum published on its website which says, “in order to complete the 45 working hours per week as per the recommendation of RTE-Act 2009, a school needs to function for six days a week for six hours and 10 minutes each day.”
The CBSE has also instructed schools that teachers may be retained after school hours for an additional one hour and 20 minutes which can be used for planning/ preparation/ checking/ follow-up work.
All teachers are required to teach for a minimum of 30 periods per week with remaining periods to be used for planning and preparation of the lessons and activities.
Eight periods time table may be followed in schools with 45 minutes duration in the 1st and 5th periods and 40 minutes duration for the remaining periods.