Phurpa Lhamo 

To ensure that students and teachers have 90 instructional days for both first and the second term, mid-term breaks have been shortened to one week this academic year.

Last academic year, the students went on a two-week mid-term break.

The education ministry issued a notification with details on the mid-term, home, board examinations, mid-term breaks and the resumption of classes for this academic year on April 5.

Addressed to the dzongkhag and thromde officials, the notification stated that the timing was arranged keeping the provision of approximately 90 instructional days for both the first term and the second term to meet the requirement of 180 instructional days in one academic year.

It further stated that the information be disseminated to all schools for compliance and inclusion in their school’s calendar.

The mid-term examinations this year will begin on August 1 and mid-term break will be from August 17 to August 23.

The notification stated that the second term would resume on August 25.

Earlier, teachers had raised concerns about completing the syllabus this academic year.

School opening was deferred several times with changing Covid situation in the country. Classes for grades VII, VIII, IX, X, and XII started on April 4 after children attained full immunity after the second dose of vaccination.

Pre-primary to class VI students will go to school from April 18 this year.

However, if students aren’t vaccinated, they were notified to report to school on April 28 this year.

In an earlier interview, an education official said that the holidays would be shortened to ensure that the curriculum is covered.

With the national school curriculum, there wasn’t a need to cover all topics, he added.

Meanwhile, home examinations will begin from December 5 to December 16 this year. Board examinations for classes X and XII will begin on December 19.