AFTER DIRECTIVES from UT adviser Parimal Rai, the UT education department has constituted a five-member committee to fine-tune the draft proposal of extended schools. The draft proposal was framed by the education department and was submitted to the adviser for approval before sending it to UT administrator V P Singh Badnore. According to sources, Parimal Rai has directed the education department to study models of extended schools of other states before finalising the draft proposal.
The committee, headed by deputy district education officer Rajinder Kaur, comprises four principals of government schools. The committee has also been asked to consider the guideline issued by the HRD ministry.
The department has identified three schools – Government Model Senior School, Sector (GMSSS) sector 8, GMSSS sector 45, GMSSS Sector 26 timber market — for the project.
As per the guidelines of the MHRD, the project should initially include a total of 560 students from classes VI to VIII (80 students per class). Duration of the schools should be around nine hours, that is, from 8 am to 5 pm which will include two mini breaks of 20 and 15 minutes respectively and one lunch break of 50 minutes.
The education department has proposed that the students will be served lunch around 1:45 pm, following which students will take rest for an hour. Mattresses and other facilities will be provided. Remedial classes, homework classes will take place for an hour and one hour will be set aside for recreational activities such as sports, dramatics, dance etc.
The aim of the extended schools is to provide children an opportunity to develop in their own time and space, relieving the parents from the task of tutoring at home.
Duties of teachers
All the teachers would be present in the school campus to monitor the activities up to 3:30 pm. Thereafter, for guided learning and academic activities, subject teachers would be assigned class wise duties on the rational basis from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm. They will be given additional remuneration.