In a bid to compensate for the days lost during the road rationing trial from January 1 to 15, schools are planning to work on Saturdays when they reopen after winter break next year.
The Delhi government has extended this year’s winter break for schools by five days to use their buses for ferrying passengers during the odd-even trial period.
Normally after winter break schools reopen by January 11 but with this year’s extension, they will lose at least five working days.
“During this break, a lot of club activities used to take place. Now with the odd -even policy, we cannot do these activities. Our academic calendar has been affected. So to complete the courses we will have to do away with the activity classes and even work on Saturday,” said Rima Aliwadi, principal GD Goenka Public School, Model Town.
GD Goenka has even postponed their examination for senior classes. Earlier it was scheduled for January 13 and now it has been shifted to 18, the day school reopens.
Even Bal Bharti Public School will mark Saturday as a teaching day. “For us, our calendar has not been affected since in all Bal Bharti Schools Saturdays are working, though a non-teaching day. So to adjust for the lost days, we will make Saturday as teaching day,” said LV Sehgal, principal of the school.
But schools that normally work for six days are facing difficulty in adjusting their academic calendar.
“The month of December is usually spent on annual functions and sports day, so January is the crucial time for the school to complete the course. We are a six-day working school so we do not really know on how are we going to adjust,” said Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School.
Arora said that because of this break, the children would have to miss a lot of activities. They decided to use the activity period for teaching.
But schools like Springdales Pusa Road said the extended holiday would not affect them. “During this time we hold remedial classes and these are held in a gap of one day. So it is not going to affect our school. Moreover, we are ready to do anything for the cause of pollution,”said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales.