Starp: Most of the teachers, students and other staff have already done the bookings in advance for going to various places so we it’s very difficult for us to shift vacations now at last moments as everyone will face heavy losses if they have to cancel the tickets. Also schedule of students will get upset in preparing for final exams which would fall in the month of February and March.
In a big development in Punjab School Education department, the winter vacations will fall in the month of January permanently. It was stated by Education Minister Punjab, OP Soni exclusively talking to Daily Post on the issue of shifting winter vacations from December to January due to the Gram Panchayat Elections 2018. Education Minister talking to Daily Post over telephonic conversations said, “We have received the request letter from the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Pradeep Aggarwal over shifting the winter vacations from December to January so that they should not face any kind of problem in carrying out Panchayat Elections. But most of the teachers, students and other staff have already done the bookings in advance for going to various places so we it’s very difficult for us to shift vacations now at last moments as everyone will face heavy losses if they would cancel tickets as many teachers came to us with their tickets.”Moreover, the education minister added if they would have shifted the vacations than other than monetary losses of education department staff, the preparation of government school students would also have suffered as in the December teachers would have been busy in elections and in January would have been holidays. Now the teachers will do duty in holidays. “But we have assured deputy commissioner Ludhiana and all high officials in Punjab that they would get full support from the Education department from infrastructure to teachers whatever they would need to carry out safe and secure Gram Panchayat Elections 2018 ”,informed OP Soni.He further revealed, “We have been receiving the requests of different education and administrative departments of Punjab since long to permanently shift winter vacations from December to January. As in the northern region the weather gets colder in January instead of December. Infact most of the private schools have shifted their winter vacations from December to January from the past one-two years. So, we have decided to change the winter vacations from December to January from next calendar of session 2019-20.” He added that then the teachers would make the schedules accordingly and students study would also not suffer. It is pertinent to mention that in pretext of the Gram Panchayat Elections 2018 on December 30 and 31 the Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana, Pradeep Aggarwal had written letter to Education Minister Punjab and Secretary Punjab School Education Board, Krishan Kumar on December 11. In the letter, he had requested to Secretary for postponing the winter vacations of teachers from December to January in order to carry out elections with ease. The deputy commissioner in letter has mentioned that they would need the services of teachers and other staff to carry out the Gram Panchayat Elections in the Government Schools of Punjab. Letter mentions that on December 30 polling will be done and its process will complete on December 31.When he was asked about the reason of writing the letter he mentioned, “If the teachers would go on holidays than they would find a great difficulty in tracing them if they would need much manpower for carrying out election purposes at the eleventh hour. Though teachers have already alloted the duties and rehearsals are going on but we are getting lot of requests to cancel election duties as maximum teachers are coming to us for showing advance bookings of trains and airways. But we cannot accommodate all teachers else who will do the duty then in elections.” He was not available for comments over the decision of education department for not shifting the holidays from December to January for this calendar 2018-2019.
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