After a lot of confusion regarding Diwali holidays, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to follow the state-announced vacation timetable in its schools from the next academic year.
Secondary schools in the city follow the dates announced by the state education department, while BMC-run and primary schools follow the BMC timetable. This year, there was confusion among schools about the schedule for Diwali vacations due to the two different set of dates announced by the state and the corporation.
“As per the instructions of the state school education department, we will follow their timetable starting next year. This way, there will be no confusion like this year, and it will also ensure that all the sections break at the same time,” said Manoj Kotak, chairman of the BMC education committee.
The state’s list of holidays starts from June while that of the BMC starts from December.
According to a circular issued by the BMC at the start of this year, the primary section was to break for Diwali vacation from October 24 to November 10 and the secondary section from October 31 to November 18. On September 19, the state decided that vacations for both the sections would be synchronised and schools would break for Diwali from November 1 to 19.
Again, just days ahead of the vacation, the BMC sent a circular to schools, asking them to break from October 24.