DPI order on exam dates derails school schedules

Family vacation plans and school schedules were disrupted by a last-minute circular about examination dates issued by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in the last week of February.

On February 24, the DPI issued a circular asking the state syllabus schools to conduct their examination for class 1 to 9 between March 21 and April 7. It said this was to compensate for several teaching hours which were lost to various activities in the academic year.

On March 8, after receiving several complaints, the DPI issued another circular that schools designated as exam centres were exempt from the rule.

Private schools in Bengaluru are irked about their schedules being thrown off track.

“Our exams should have concluded by now. Parents were upset about the new schedule because most of them had already booked their tickets for trips and would have to cancel them,” the principal of a private school in South Bengaluru said.

He said the examinations for class 1 to class 9 were usually conducted before the SSLC examinations started.

“Now, since many teachers have been called for duties during the SSLC examination, it becomes difficult for us to manage our school-level exams,” he added.

The principal of another school in Bengaluru said they have now arranged for re-examination for some students who had already booked expensive flight tickets well in advance.

“We had to make this adjustment because the intimation came at the last minute. It would not have been fair if the students had to miss their exam,” the school head said. Their exams had been scheduled to end on March 28 but now it will be delayed, the principal said.

P C Jaffer, Commissioner for Public Instruction (CPI), said the idea was to make effective use of school working days. He added that the circular was mainly intended for government schools.

Family vacation plans and school schedules were disrupted by a last-minute circular about examination dates issued by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in the last week of February.

On February 24, the DPI issued a circular asking the state syllabus schools to conduct their examination for class 1 to 9 between March 21 and April 7. It said this was to compensate for several teaching hours which were lost to various activities in the academic year.

On March 8, after receiving several complaints, the DPI issued another circular that schools designated as exam centres were exempt from the rule.

Private schools in Bengaluru are irked about their schedules being thrown off track.

“Our exams should have concluded by now. Parents were upset about the new schedule because most of them had already booked their tickets for trips and would have to cancel them,” the principal of a private school in South Bengaluru said.

He said the examinations for class 1 to class 9 were usually conducted before the SSLC examinations started.

“Now, since many teachers have been called for duties during the SSLC examination, it becomes difficult for us to manage our school-level exams,” he added.

The principal of another school in Bengaluru said they have now arranged for re-examination for some students who had already booked expensive flight tickets well in advance.

“We had to make this adjustment because the intimation came at the last minute. It would not have been fair if the students had to miss their exam,” the school head said. Their exams had been scheduled to end on March 28 but now it will be delayed, the principal said.

P C Jaffer, Commissioner for Public Instruction (CPI), said the idea was to make effective use of school working days. He added that the circular was mainly intended for government schools.

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