The Primary teachers association of West Bengal urged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to reconsider the 45-day summer vacation, the summer vacation are going to start on 2nd May due to the heatwave conditions. Teachers are expressing that students may affect due to long summer vacations. Due to COVID condition students have missed school for 2 years. Now, the teachers are expressing that the long break of 45 days may severely affect students’ interest in studies.
West Bengal: Teachers Association Urges Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to re-consider summer holidays
General Secretary of Bengal Primary Teachers Association Ananda Handa said the Odisha state announced only five days break for the same reason. And the weather forecast saying that the monsoons may start in 2nd week of May.
Mr Handa said. “Both the teachers and guardians are worried over the decision of the state government to clamp a 45-day vacation which was done in haste. “As in-person classes had only commenced on February 16 after a long gap of two years, this 45-day break will severely affect the interest in studies among children,” he said.
The association said the state government had not consulted academics or experts before taking the decision which was “ill-conceived”. “Such a decision will only erode public confidence in state schools, make the general public sceptical about the state education sector and pave the way for privatisation of the sector through PPP model,” it said.
The principal of a college affiliated with Calcutta University said “given the developments, we have decided to go back to online theory classes from May 2 and conduct pending practical classes by calling students in a large group on a particular day.”