The third Saturday of every month is a public holiday in schools in Jharkhand, the school education and literacy department has said. The state government made the decision at the request of the teachers’ unions. Teachers and students do not have to go to school on the third Saturday. On other Saturdays, classes are held from 10am and last all day.
Education Secretary Rajesh Sharma has issued a notice in this regard stating that no midday meal will be made on the third Saturday due to the school holiday. Sharma added that children should have a midday meal at least 252 days a year. Due to the public holiday on the third Saturday, the public holiday will be increased to 12 days per year, but will be assessed.
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The requirement for a holiday on the third Saturday of every month was made under the leadership of the All Jharkhand State Primary Teachers Association. Speaking on behalf of the government, union president Vijendra Choubey, general secretary Ramamurthy Thakur and chief spokesman Naseem Ahmed had earlier said that Saturday’s six-hour classes will be shortened and changed to three and a half hours. The teachers’ association had objected to this and demanded vacation on the third Saturday.
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Jharkhand Progressive Teachers Association State Chairman Anand Kishore Sahu and State General Secretary Baljit Kumar Singh also expressed their gratitude to the government. At the same time, other teachers including Sanjay Dubey, Pradyuman Singh, Rishikesh Pathak, Integrated Assistant Teacher Trained Assistant Teacher Sangharsh Morcha and other teachers also thanked the government of Jharkhand.
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