Back to School

21 May

Nikhil’s school started today. Apparently started early so they can cover portions. I think its utterly unfair on the kids that they get a shorter holiday !!!!

Anyway he is not a happy camper. Neither are all the kids in his class.

This gets me thinking. Is there too much to cover? Are the teachers unable to plan properly so they can finish teaching in the allotted time?  How does opening school 10 days earlier help?

16 Responses to “Back to School”

  1. praneshachar May 21, 2007 at 6:48 am #

    yes lot of schools and colleges are getting opened early to cover the portions
    If it is covered and all classes are taken the time is sufficient. but you see so much other things will come in the way like sports, valutation supplementary exams, cencus adu idu etc., etc., adakke idu private schools i riti madtare but no body questions them over they are free

  2. vinay May 21, 2007 at 7:38 am #

    Vijay wrote ;’Are the teachers unable to plan properly so they can finish teaching in the allotted time?’

    Throughout my student life ( till PG ) , I didn’t have a instance when all the portions were covered ( on hindsight it was a blessing in disguise as I was spared of sitting in the class room and hearing uninspiring teachers) …of course few , very few were really good teachers and usually they didnt give a hoot for covering the ‘portions’ …like a prof from IISc who didnt give a damn about what was ‘prescribed’

  3. Veena May 21, 2007 at 8:10 am #

    May be its mitigation for all those unexpected bundh that happens… I thought they reopened the school for admitting the new entrants!

    Well, I miss those long holidays, IT sectors should give us some such long holidays, otherwise where would I accomodate my children’s summer visits to their ajji mane ~!???!! 🙂

    ps – I thought you will write on post about schools starting earlier to avoid traffic jams, something about your fav topic 🙂

  4. gmohanprakash May 21, 2007 at 8:40 am #

    Its cruel to cut holidays like that and anyways they are cramped with all sorts of tutions, they would cover it just in case.

  5. Vijay May 21, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    @Vinay: There are maverick teachers like that.. but I guess in his case, he would be the one setting the papers…
    @Veena: No holidays for IT folks !!!! work ! work ! work ! 🙂 …
    @Mohan: Even harder when I think of the fun we had during school holidays…

  6. Aditya May 21, 2007 at 1:27 pm #

    Actually wasn’t May 21/22 the standard reopening date? I remember it well because I detested it so much. I think it was only in my last couple of years of school that we reopened around June 1st. Of course, may be they start their holidays later now.

  7. Vijay May 21, 2007 at 3:20 pm #

    You are right. As far as I remember that was before high school.

  8. Terri May 21, 2007 at 6:51 pm #

    Perhaps the teachers can’t complete the portions because there’s too darned much to complete! Sure, they can schedule extra time and check off their to-do list, but the onus of learning the extra portions falls on the poor student. Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone!

    I still get exam nightmares where I’m late for an exam; go blank when I see the question paper; show up for a history test after cramming geography all night; etc. I think I’m scarred for life.

  9. decemberstud May 22, 2007 at 12:53 am #

    Aditya is right…I think the state schools started on May22nd. They later changed it to June 1st. I always hated it because I was one of the few in my neighborhood who attended a central school. My exams got over in April and school started sometime in late June or early July. Darn!

    Coming back to the topic, “covering portions” in the additional 10 dyas is bogus. Just plain nonsense. Seriously, you ought to give IT guys a chance to reform the education system and structure. It is truly unfair that the kids get to go to school 10 days early.

  10. praneshachar May 22, 2007 at 3:58 am #

    Yes May 22nd till middle school and from high school it was 1st june.
    Central schools holidays are tuned to the season in Delhi/North. It will be peak
    summer there and so holidays there is justified. Unforunately when schoo works in April/may 1st weekf it is nightmare for students here in south. for students it is irritating as all students will be playing your will be busy with exams and when you have holidays their school will be working. some private Central pattern schools are falling in line with holidays of state.
    On a related issueCBSE/ICSE 10/12 exams are commenced very early but their results are delayed and now a days it is causing lot of trouble for admissions to these children in colleges. there should be some kind of tying up for announicng the results uniformally within a span of a week or so

  11. some body May 22, 2007 at 4:20 am #


    you also from kv?

    – s.b.

  12. decemberstud May 23, 2007 at 12:19 am #


    Nope not KV….But from a school, which was considered one of the top schools in India when I studied there….oh well, maybe because I was there…that much for my ego 🙂

  13. bachodi May 23, 2007 at 1:56 am #

    Lovely …!! School ? Its fun isn’t it ?
    Just read him one “IT industry” fairy tale, He will never complain going back to school.

  14. Vijay May 23, 2007 at 4:08 am #

    DS: Ahem.. Ahem.. (DMS?)

    Bach: Knowing what we know now… yes school was indeed fun…

    By the way heres an update: The next 3 days are a “Festa”… there goes the week… NOW Nikhil isnt complaining 😉

  15. some body May 23, 2007 at 1:34 pm #


    i guess that last comment of yours answers those set of questions at the end of the post.

    yesssss!! glad to see ‘the stud’ making his debut on the blogroll :-).

    – s.b.

  16. decemberstud May 24, 2007 at 12:40 am #

    LOL Vijay..that was a dead giveaway, huh ?

    SB…thanks 😉

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