KVs welcome move to increase teaching hours

The Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in the city have welcomed the 45 teaching hours a week rule that might come into force soon. As per the Right to Education (RTE) rule, the teachers will be required to devote 45 hours a week to teaching instead of the present 37 hours. A decision in this regard was taken recently by the board of governors of the K V Sangathan. The rule will soon be implemented at the 1,000 plus KVs across the country. The city has 14 KVs, including KV-NDA (Khadakwasla), KV-No.1 (Dehu Road), KV-BEG (Khadki), KV-Ganeshkhind, KV-9BRD and so on.

KV teachers said the current timings are insufficient for them to do justice to the students and the syllabus and the new rule, when implemented, will allow them to utilise their time more effectively. Joshua Hasteings, principal, K V Southern Command (KVSC), said at present, with 45-50 students a class, the teachers are overburdened with work and don't get sufficient time to plan in a way that will benefit the children. "Now, they can chalk out a plan for the `slow bloomers', the students who are a bit weak in studies. Despite having a well-equipped library, the teachers are not able to use it to the optimum level owing to lack of time," said the principal. He added that as the move would require teachers to put in more time, even the non-performing teachers would be compelled to give 100 per cent.

At K V Range Hills Estate, Khadki, the plan is to use the additional hours for preparations for the next day's class, notebook checking, updating their knowledge about technology and its use in education and remedial measures for the slow learners. "As of now, the time the teachers have is not enough and they are often compelled to take the work home. This can be avoided," said principal Rajendra Lale.

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