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ANPSA, Dimapur demands for uniform school academic session

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/5/2020 12:23:26 PM IST

 All Nagaland Private Schools’ Association (ANPSA) Dimapur is constrained to issue this Press Release as there has been no action till now by the concerned authorities on the matter of a Uniform School Academic Session of April-March along with the rest of the country despite numerous appraisals and reminders from both ANPSA Central as well as District Units since 2015. We feel that a Uniform School Academic Session would result in manifold benefits for all the Schools including Students, Teachers and Parents/Guardians. We therefore reiterate our stand on this matter because of the following reasons.

1. As of now, under the present system followed under the NBSE, the school session is from January to December. Under this system, there are literally two separate examinations, one for Primary Classes to Classes-9 & 11 which is conducted in November till first week of December and another for Classes-10 & 12 which is held from February till March. This system leads to a lot of confusion and adds to the burden of the schools as well as the parents.

2. November, December and January are mostly the festive months of the year in Nagaland along with marriages taking place almost everywhere which may lead to a lot of distractions for those students who appear for their final exams in Mid November till the first week of December.

3. Those schools which are Center Schools under the State lose about three weeks of Class Time while other schools continue their regular classes which leads to a great deal of discrepancies among the schools especially when it comes to completion of syllabus.

4. Students of classes-1 and above who have completed their exams by December contribute to lots of distractions during the Classes 10 & 12 Board exams taken in February or March and vice-versa.

5. In the wake of a Uniform Session, students, who are the main beneficiaries from our educational system, will surely enjoy the festive season especially the Christmas, as during that period they will have less stress about studies as the exams under April-March session are conducted only in the last part of February or beginning of March.

6. The workload of the management as well as the teachers will also be lightened as under a common academic session, there will be a common academic calendar for all the schools as the DoSE’s directives and plans can be easily adhered to by all schools alike especially while updating their UDISE data.

7. Uniform Academic Session will mean common exam timings. If there is common exam timing for all, there is uniformity in academic process. Students of all schools and classes collectively get serious about their exams and there will be no undue distractions from students who do not have exams during the period. Moreover all the schools, irrespective of Boards, will be able to follow common academic calendar across the state in line with the rest of the country.

8. Parents, Guardians as well as teachers will be highly benefited as they will be able to enjoy the winter vacation without any stress since there will be only one final exam without creating any hassles for those parents who have more than one child studying across different classes or different boards.

9. It will also help those students seeking admissions outside our state and vice-versa as our state will be at par with the rest of India when it comes to conduct of examinations in one academic session. Also, it will facilitate those students intending to appear for competitive and entrance examinations which they have to appear right after their 10th or 12th Exams. It is the duty of the government to ensure all possible means for our students to fare well in these areas.

10. It will be very much advantageous for both parents as well as their children who are studying in different classes. (How can there be two academic calendars for two children under the same roof which is utterly inconvenient?)

11. If a uniform Academic Session of April to March is implemented, all the schools will get extra quality time of more than one month every year, as at present due to the internal examinations almost half of November, half of December and a major part of January remains unutilized for classes as they are mostly spent on exams and exam related activities and not much for serious and regular classes.

12. A Uniform Academic Session will ensure smooth conduct of academic and co-curricular programs of individual schools. Moreover, schools across different boards can effectively plan out inter-school activities when there is a common academic calendar for all the schools.

13. Schools with hostels attached will also heave a sigh of relief as under the present system of January – December session, they need to cater to the requirements of regular new session students as well as those appearing for the Board Examinations. This means over burdening the resources at the disposal of the hostels as well as undue disturbances for those appearing for the Board Examinations.

14. Last but not the least, because of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the state are facing loss of active working days. It is faced more by the schools under the State Board as they had already started their session from January itself, thereby they have already lost good number of working days till 4th May 2020 (excluding Sundays and 2nd Saturdays) and still counting, whereas the schools which follow the April-March session have not lost many working days as their session has just started from Mid-April. This shows how the schools under the State Board have been greatly disadvantaged during the lockdown period. To this effect some State Board schools have even remarked that they would have benefitted if only they had followed the April-March session.

We should always remember that the Education System is for the benefit of the student community and the offices and establishments should therefore work for their convenience. It is because of the schools alone that boards and the education department flourish and not the other way around.

The present lockdown may further continue but if situation improves, schools may be allowed to re-open with or without restrictions. Considering this extraordinary situation, authorities should bring about a much needed transformation by immediately putting in place a Uniform Academic Session of April to March for all schools in Nagaland from this year itself which will be a great boon and benefit for the School Management, Students, Parents and Teachers.

We also request all like-minded citizens to support our initiative and voice out their concerns for the general good of the students who are the future leaders of our society.

Dr. Andrew Ahoto Sema, President ANPSA Dimapur

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