Punjab bans local holidays in schools

Govt announces flexible policy for Child Care Leave and winter vacations

Chandigarh/February 27
Punjab government today imposed a total ban on local holidays in government schools in order to properly implement Right to Education Act 2009.
A senior government official said that under the Act, a minimum of 220 days functioning is mandatory, hence the government imposed the ban.” The state government had allowed discretion to the schools for two local holidays and it has now been withdrawn as it was felt that there was no significance in giving local holidays at the level of schools,” said the official.
The government official further stated that the Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka has issued instructions for strictly imposing a ban on such holidays and also issued orders to adopt a flexible policy for winter vacations in schools and to do away with fixed winter vacations. At present, winter vacations are observed from December 25 to 31.
“The state government has decided to announce these vacations according to the weather conditions every year as there was no fixed time of intense cold waves in the winter season and from now on, winter vacations would be announced after detailed deliberations on weather conditions every year. Further, education department also announced new levels for sanctioning of Child Care Leave (CCL) to the teachers of Punjab Schools,” added the official.
The official added that DPI (Senior Secondary) would sanction CCL for only two weeks while Secretary School Education would grant CCL for one month whereas Education Minister, Punjab would sanction the leave for three months. Meanwhile, CCL above three months would be sanctioned at the level of Chief Minister.