Flood va­ca­tion­stions for Bi­har schools

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE BI­HAR govern­ment has an­nounced mon­soon va­ca­tions in­stead of the usual sum­mer va­ca­tions for schools in 14 flood-af­fected districts. Chronic floods in Au­gust and Septem­ber re­sult in low at­ten­dance in the schools in the districts. As a re­sult, the schools are not able to main­tain the aca­demic cal­en­dar of 210 work­ing days in a year, spec­i­fied un­der the Right to Ed­u­ca­tion Act.

The state govert­n­ment first pro­posed mon­soon va­ca­tion two years ago, but the idea could not be im­ple­mented be­cause of lack of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. This year, the govern­ment held meet­ings with vil­lage res­i­dents and brought them on­board. Gov­erne­ment of­fi­cials say sum­mer classes would ad­dress the prob­lem of un­der­nu­tri­tion among the poor as the stu­dents will re­ceive mid­day meals dur­ing sum­mers.

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