The UT education department has revised the school timings, both for the single-shift as well as double-shift government schools from April 1. In single-shift schools, students of Classes 1-5 will attend school from 8 am till 1 pm, while students of Class 6 onwards will attend school from 8 am till 2 pm.
Single- shift school staff, including the primary section teachers, will attend school from 8 am till 2 pm. In double-shift schools, students of Class 6 onwards will have school from 7.15 am till 1 pm, while students of Classes 1-5 will attend school from 1.15 pm till 5.30 pm.
Teachers of Class 6 and above in double-shift schools will be in school from 7.15 am till 1.15 pm.
Teachers of Classes 1-5 will attend school from 11.30 am till 5.30 pm.
In Chandigarh, there are nearly 40 double-shift schools while 67 schools have a single-shift. “The summer schedule will remain applicable till October 31,” said officials.
The department has clarified that there was no plan to extend working hours in these schools. Last year, the department had asked teachers to stay an additional 40 minutes in schools in compliance with the Right to Education Act, 2009, which was revoked after teachers protested.
Sources said the department had held a meeting with various teachers’ bodies in the union territory to discuss the possibility of extending their working hours.
Government Teachers Union president Vinod Sharma said that the state executive committee, in a meeting held on Thursday, welcomed the decision for not extending school timings of the teachers.
“The department must first focus on other important areas, including improving infrastructure in schools, which is very vital for the implementation of the RTE act,” he said.
UT Cadre Educational Employees Union president Swar n Singh Kamboj that teachers would resist working additional hours until the act is implemented properly in the union territory.