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All schools in Meghalaya to start from Feb 15 to ensure smooth conduct of Academic Session 2024: Edu Dept  


Shillong: The government of Meghalaya has notified all schools within the state to commence the academic season from February 15 to ensure the smooth conduct of the Academic Session for the year 2024.

In a notification by the Education Department on Monday, it is stated that all schools should adhere to the School Calendar and follow the instructions provided by the department. Any violation will result in actions being taken against the concerned institution as per the relevant act and rules.

The School Calendar specifies that the Academic Session will commence on February 15, and the conclusion of the Academic Session for Pre-Primary should be on November 29, while for Classes 1-10, it should conclude before December 20. Winter vacations are scheduled from December 21 to February 9 the following year.

The notification further states that apart from the Winter Vacation, only the holidays as notified by the State Govt are to be observed. No other days shall be declared as school holidays by the school authorities without the approval of the Government, said the notification.

Stressing on the school timing, the Education Department notifies that all schools are to adhere to school timings and plan it in such a way that sufficient instructional hours are there to comply with the provisions of the RTE Act. Schools located in Shillong & Tura which have been advised by their respective District Administration on staggered timings, shall intimate the same to the Director of School Education & Literacy.

The Department advises that all schools shall also have an Assembly Session at the beginning of the school day which should be entirely conducted by the students which will give them an opportunity to improve their communication skills. Current affairs, Value Education, Motivational examples etc. can be the topics of discussion.

Advising that 100 per cent syllabus should be completed in time, the Department advised that all Teachers should prepare their lesson plans accordingly.

Furthermore, the Department advises schools observe 10 Bagless days throughout the academic session for Class 6 to Class 12 on which the students will come to school without their bags and shall be engaged in co-curricular activities such as Kitchen and Gardening, Career Counselling, Tourism related projects, Life Skills, Musics, Arts & Culture and Sports & Games activities.

Additionally, the notification advised schools to take steps to ensure moving towards formative assessments as suggested by National Education policy (NEP) 2020. In order to ensure this, the schools may plan to have assessments or unit tests from time to time. It is suggested that monthly or quarterly assessments should be adopted, added the notification.

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