ATSUM urges Eduction director to continue with normal academic sessions

Imphal: In respect of the Notification No. 17/3/1-259-DE(S)Misc dated 8th November 2022 issued by the Education (S) department, Government of Manipur, regarding change of Class I -IX examinations schedule of all schools including private un-aided schools in the state for the current academic session, 2022-23, the ATSUM has submitted a memorandum today to the Director of Education (S), Government of Manipur.

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The ATSUM said that it “wishes to share the sentiments of the hills which arose in the aftermath of the impugned notification”. The memorandum of the ATSUM also said that this change of examination schedule is causing unrest in the management of the schools in the hills as the academic calendar/activities of one academic session are normally planned at the onset of a session and executed accordingly throughout a session. The tribal student body further said that schools in the hills had already fixed their examination schedules of the current academic session (2022-23) as planned, and the students are taught with extra classes to cover up the deficits caused by Covid-19 pandemic. “As such, immediate change of examination schedule by extending the academic period for another three/four months is likely to cause extra burden to the management, parents and psychological pressure to the students,” the apex tribal student body of Manipur added.

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The ATSUM also pointed out that most of the important events of the hills like religious, social, traditional and cultural events and activities in the form of Christmas and New Year celebrations, send off parties and marriage ceremonies, dedicated stone erections, church events etc., etc. normally take place from December to February. “However, the change of examination schedules as notified by the Education(s) department tends to disrupt the religious, cultural and societal order of the hill districts,” it added.

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Therefore, while appreciating the initiatives of the Education(S) department to facilitate quality education in the state by compensating the learning loss due to Covid-19 pandemic, the ATSUM, “considering the plight of the schools management, parents and students of the hills, requests your office to kindly retain the Class I -IX examinations schedules as normally followed in the previous academic sessions.”

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