Flood vacationstions for Bihar schools
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.