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Friday , January 17 , 2014
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Syllabus shiver after winter vacation

- Schools to cut short curriculum, cancel leaves before final examinations

Schools in the city are mulling several steps to cope with the syllabus-class ratio after the winter vacation ended.

As of now, a few schools have decided to cancel the Saturday offs and some have planned to cut short the syllabus.

Sister Lucina, the principal of St Joseph’s Convent High School, said: “We would go for extra classes. The school would remain open on Saturdays. It is important to complete the syllabus so that students have a thorough knowledge of the subjects.”

According to her, mathematics, science, grammar (English and Hindi) are some of the areas that cannot be compromised.

According to some teachers of Loyola High School they would slash a portion of their syllabus that is less important.

“The teachers and brothers would have a meeting on Friday. The syllabus completion issue would be forwarded to the principal. Whatever is decided we would follow that. Most likely, we would slash the syllabus,” said a senior teacher.

On how many approximate working days are required to finish the syllabus, the teacher said: “At least 200 days.”

A teacher with Jesus and Mary Academy in Patna City said: “A minimum of 220 working days are needed in an academic session with every period of about 45-minute duration.”

Radiant International School with a CBSE format has a minimum of 210 working days.

On what could be other measures to cope with the dilemma, a teacher with DPS-Patna said: “No extracurricular activities. Only studies and nothing else.”

Teachers of other city schools said a number of steps could be taken to finish the syllabus before the final examinations.

“We can start the final examination late and reduce the gap between two examinations. For example, there might be no study leave between Sanskrit and computer examinations. We can also postpone the dates for the final examinations,” said a teacher with Loyola.

Kankerbagh resident Agatha Mary, whose son’s school reopened on January 15, said: “I am worried about the syllabus. I don’t know how it would be completed. If the school fails to do it, parents would have to take care of the syllabus.”

Unlike other schools, Christ Church Diocesan School has already completed the syllabus.

“From January 20, the formative assessments would begin for LKG to Class VIII students,” said Avinash Dubey, the administrative-in-charge of the school.

He added: “Ours is a CBSE school. If the vacation was extended, the formative assessments would have been extended too.”