Shorter win­ter break, longer sum­mer break for schools

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The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MoE) has en­dorsed the short­en­ing of win­ter break and in­creas­ing the sum­mer break by two weeks from this year.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Mon­i­tor­ing Di­vi­sion (EMD) of the MoE had rec­om­mended short­en­ing the win­ter break by two weeks.

Sub­se­quently, the win­ter break has been short­ened by two weeks from 18 De­cem­ber to 31 Jan­uary. The re­port­ing time for teach­ers and stu­dents will be 1 Fe­bru­ary and 3 Fe­bru­ary re­spec­tively.

The sum­mer break has been ex­tended by two weeks from 1 July to 30 July and re­port­ing time for both stu­dents and teach­ers is 31 July.

At present, the schools have a shorter sum­mer break of two weeks and a longer win­ter break of ap­prox­i­mately eight weeks.

The first part of aca­demic ses­sion will start from 10 Fe­bru­ary and end in 15 July while the sec­ond ses­sion will start from 16 July and end on 18 De­cem­ber.

The chief of EMD, Phuntsho Lhamo, said that a longer sum­mer school break is ex­pected to bring many ben­e­fits like re-en­er­giz­ing, re­lax­ation and stretch­ing the brains of stu­dents in dif­fer­ent ways.

She added that chil­dren ben­e­fit aca­dem­i­cally from a longer hol­i­day as they en­gage in read­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The main rea­son for the rec­om­men­da­tion was to al­low the teach­ers to get ad­e­quate time for prepa­ra­tion and plan­ning and to pre­vent the ef­fect on dif­fer­ent pro­grams held dur­ing the va­ca­tions.

Short­en­ing the win­ter break is also ex­pected to give time for the prepa­ra­tion for the birth an­niver­sary of His Royal High­ness Gyalsey Jigme Nam­gyal Wangchuck.

The schools lo­cated in high­lands such as Laya, Lingzhi and Lu­nana will, how­ever, fol­low their nor­mal aca­demic tim­ing, aca­demic term start­ing in April and end­ing in mid-Novem­ber.

The schools in Merak and Sak­teng be­gin their term by the mid­dle of March and close by mid- Novem­ber.

Tsh­er­ing, 40, a mother of two chil­dren, said the ini­tia­tive taken by the gov­ern­ment was for the ben­e­fit of stu­dents and par­ents, so she didn’t see the change in tim­ing as prob­lem­atic.

The schools lo­cated in colder place will be pro­vided ex­tra heat­ing fa­cil­i­ties like hot water and bukhari.

In the mean­while, Bhutan Coun­cil for School Ex­am­i­na­tions and As­sess­ment is considering re­vis­it­ing the tim­ing for the eval­u­a­tion of Class X and XII pa­pers.

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