Central Advisory Board of Education’s (CABE) sub-committee on school dropouts has recently suggested that school calendar and timings should be aligned to the climatic and cultural need of students.
CABE is the central government’s apex advisory body on policymaking in the education sector.
The panel, headed by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, was mandated to find ways to re-engage those students who had dropped out of schools and improve the quality of education so that children do not drop out.
Officials in the HRD ministry said, the CABE panel’s recommendation was approved at a recent meeting that was chaired by Khushwaha. Education ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Tripura besides other nominated members of CABE took part in the meeting. The panel’s recommendation will now be sent to CABE and education ministers across the country for deliberation during the next meeting.
Sources said that the panel was informed that children in states having hilly regions generally find it difficult to reach schools early in the morning as several areas remain under snow. In urban areas too students start out early from their homes, sometimes as early as 6am. As a result, students are unable to focus on studies in the classes. Therefore, schools can start a bit later in the mornings, the panel suggested.
Meanwhile, the panel also suggested that schools should include vocational education in their curriculum.