Bihar education department has withdrawn its controversial decision to reduce school holidays for teachers during festivals such as Diwali, Durga Pooja, Raksha Bandhan, and others, according to a government order, reported ANI.
A circular issued by the Director of Secondary Education stated, “The holiday table issued for government/government-aided elementary and secondary/higher secondary schools under departmental order memorandum no. 2112 dated 29.08.2023 is cancelled with immediate effect.”
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The initial announcement by the Bihar secondary education department to reduce teachers’ holidays from 23 to 11 had sparked widespread outrage among teachers in the state, leading to threats of protests.
Many teachers even wore black badges to classes in protest, and some openly challenged the Additional Chief Secretary of the education department, KK Pathak. However, many teachers pointed out that the attendance of students in those festive days would be negligible.
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Criticism of the decision came from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well, which accused the Nitish Kumar government of cutting holidays on significant festivals like Rakshabandhan, Dussehra, Diwali, and Chhath.
The education department had defended its decision, stating that it aimed to conduct classes for 220 days in an academic year, which led to the reduction in holidays.
Earlier, a school teacher in Bihar’s Khagaria district was suspended for making derogatory remarks against KK Pathak, the Deputy Chief Secretary of the Department of Education in Bihar. The teacher expressed his anger over the cancellation of leave on the festival of Raksha Bandhan, and a video of his comments went viral on social media.
As a result of his comments, the teacher has been suspended from his position. The Teacher’s Association in Bihar condemned the suspension and threatened to agitate against the Education department.
(With inputs from ANI)
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Updated: 05 Sep 2023, 09:40 AM IST