Summer vacation necessary for students: HC

One-liner: Vacations are necessary as they give students a break after a hectic academic year and help them rejuvenate themselves for the next one, Kerala HC said on Wednesday.

To shift their focus: Justice P V Kunhikrishnan was also of the view that holidays allow students to shift their focus from traditional study to extra-curricular activities and also spend time with their kith and kin.

Break necessary: The court said that another hectic academic year is coming and before that, a break was necessary for students, especially those of class 10 and higher secondary school.

What the court said: "Let them (students) sing, let them dance, let them eat their favourite food leisurely without the fear of next day’s homework, let them enjoy their favourite TV programmes, let them play cricket, football or their favourite sports," the court said.

DGE order challenged: The observations by the court came while hearing several writ petitions by CBSE schools challenging an order dated May 3 issued by the Director of General Education directing all the primary, secondary and higher secondary schools in govt aided and unaided sectors not to conduct vacation classes.

  • The petitioners contended that the DGE has no power to issue such an order against CBSE schools

On special classes: A vacation bench of the HC had stayed the order for two weeks on May 9 relying on a 2018 decision of the court which had said that if there was no objection from the parents, teachers and students, the special classes can be conducted during summer vacation on condition that the school authorities will provide basic facilities.

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