PU vacation may be cut by 2 weeks

The Department of Pre-University Education (DPUE) has sent a proposal to the government to reduce the summer vacation for pre-university colleges by 15 days.

An official in the department said the final examinations would conclude two weeks earlier than previous years because of the Assembly elections.

The second PU exams are scheduled to be held from March 1 to March 17.

Last year, the exams began on March 9. However, the proposal is to reduce the vacation for coming years as well.

“Since we are using NCERT syllabus textbooks for many subjects, we need the extra time to complete the portions,” the official said.

Moreover, the pass percentage in the pre-university examination has also been a cause for concern. In 2017, only 52.38% of the candidates who wrote the exam passed. This was a dip from 57.25% in 2016. “Since the results are poor, we need the extra academic time to prepare students,” the official said.

Several lecturers have, however, taken objection to the proposal to cut vacation.

They say that teachers are already required to conduct extra classes during Dasara vacation and they also have to conduct special Spoken English classes on weekends. Further reducing vacation would put them under stress, lecturers say.

Thimmaiah Purle of the Karnataka State Pre-University Lecturers Association said that they would wait for the government order before they take any decision on the matter.

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