K’taka: Shorter Dasara vacation likely to make up for time lost to bandhs


Bengaluru: The state government is now considering on cutting short Dasara vacations for government schools as several working days were lost to bandhs and strikes; at the same time private schools are considering working full day on Saturdays.

It has just been three months since the academic year began and seven days have already been lost to bandhs. Four working days were lost in July this year due to the State Transport Corporation Employees strike, three other days were lost to July 30 bandh on the Mahadayi issue, September 2 - trade union strike and September 9 bandh on the Cauvery issue.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait stated that a final decision on cutting down holidays would be taken after a meeting with the Karnataka State Advisory Council, which is an apex body on deciding educational policies and programmes. The meeting is likely to be held later this month.
Government schools were scheduled to have Dasara vacations from October 9 to 27, but the 20-day vacation is likely to be reduced to make up for lost classes.

In the meantime, schools in Mysuru, Mandya, Dharwad, Gadag and Belagavi had lost more than a week of classes due to the Cauvery and Mahadayi agitations and authorities are chalking out plans on making up for lost time.

Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayaraddi informed that colleges could make up for lost time by taking up special classes.

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