Majid Kapra


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DSEK announces winter vacations from Nov 28th (upto class 8th); Dec 11th (9, 10, 12 classes)

Srinagar:  Authorities here on Saturday announced that schools in the Kashmir valley will remain closed for about three months for the winter break.

While the winter break for students up to class 8 will begin on November 28, for students of classes 9 to 12, it will begin on December 11. It will end on February 29, 2024 for all students, they said.

All government and recognised private schools of the Kashmir division will observe the winter vacation for around three months, said an order issued by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir.

The winter break for students up to class 8 will be from November 28 to February 29, 2024. This makes Saturday the last working day of the season for these classes as Monday is a national holiday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti, according to the order.

For students of classes 9 to 12, the winter break will be from December 11 to February 29, 2024, the order stated.

The teachers, however, shall report back to their respective schools on February 21 to make arrangements for the upcoming examinations, it said.

“Consequent upon the approval conveyed by the Administrative Department, it is hereby ordered that all government schools and recognized private schools up to Higher Secondary level shall observe winter vacations as per the schedule,” reads the DESK order.

The authorities also warned the school heads and teachers to adhere to the schedule, failing which necessary actions under rules shall be initiated against them.

“All teachers shall remain available on demand for any online guidance of students during the vacation period,” it said.

The decision comes as a result of increasing demand for early winter vacations in Kashmir following the sudden dip in temperature for over a week now.

The students and their parents hailed the government’s decision, saying the winter vacations came as a major relief for them since the children were facing difficulties getting to their schools amidst the early morning chill.

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