Saturday classes: Child rights panel directive irks schools

Gayathri | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 2:09 PM IST

City school managements are furious over a recent directive by the regional CBSE office asking them to abstain from holding Saturday classes for students from grade I to V.

Managements are miffed over the fact that CBSE put forward this directive without consulting any of the schools.

This directive by the CBSE is in response to a suggestion by Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who had received several complaints of children being overburdened at schools and requesting them to take action against the Saturday classes.

'As per the Right to Education Act, there must only be 200 working days for students from grade I to V. But CBSE and CICSE schools in the state have been holding regular classes on Saturdays,' said Babu Narikuni, a former member of the Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

'This order does not confirm with the ground reality that haunts school facilities in the state,' said T P M Ibrahim Khan, chairman of Al-Ameen Educational Trust.

He said that schools in the city remain shut on several working days due unforeseeable reasons including strikes and are often unable to follow the charted syllabus.