Reading Enid Blyton on a summer holiday afternoon is now a thing of the past, as the pandemic has taken away the luxury of enjoying month-long summer vacations for many students.
Several schools have decided to give holidays at regular interval to break the monotony of online classes instead of a long holiday.
South Point School, due to the continuous surge in the number of Covid-affected families and in order to provide some respite for the children, guardians and teachers from the raging pandemic, had decided to start the summer break from May 10 . The school resumed online classes from Monday, May 24.
“Earlier, students were allowed a month-long break during summer. Now, keeping them focused on the monitor for long hours during online classes is taking a toll on their mental and physical health. So, we have now introduced breaks at regular intervals,” said spokesperson of the South Point School, Krishna Damani.
The school is now allowing students to go on break after every six weeks of intense online classes, for seven days. “It is not keeping them away for a long time. The students need to concentrate on completing the syllabus which can only be done if they are motivated to attend rigorous online classes,” explained Damani.
Richard Gasper, principal, St Augustine School, however, felt a proper summer break is required. “We have given a summer break because the students and teachers need some relaxation. We have been able to finish the syllabus on time,” he said.
The Vivekananda Mission School has not yet started the vacation. The authorities are planning to give a two-week break in June. “We need to complete the syllabus which is our primary aim. In 2021-2022 the academic session is running delayed. So, we have deferred the vacation,” said the principal Sarmistha Banerjee.
Several schools have curtailed the duration of the summer holidays, from one month to 15 or 21 days.
Bobby Baxter, principal of Julien Day School Ganganagar confirmed that the summer vacation has been slashed for 21 days and the online classes will resume from June 7.
“Students need to rigorously study and complete the syllabus. Since the classes are online and students are given breaks between sessions, we decided to curtail the summer vacation by a week,” pointed out Baxter.
Source: Times of India