The Bihar government’s Education Department has released the academic year 2024 holiday calendar. Notably, starting this year, school teachers will no longer have summer vacations. Instead, schools will organize special classes, exams, and parent-teacher meetings during the summer vacations.
Bihar Government Holiday Calendar 2024
The Bihar Government’s Education Department has unveiled the holiday calendar for the year 2024, ensuring 220 working days in compliance with the RTE Act-2009 and National Curriculum Framework for School Education 2023. Notably, the calendar clarifies that while students will have summer vacations, teachers will not. Instead, teachers will be engaged in conducting parent-teacher meetings, special classes, and exams during the summer break. It’s specified that secondary and senior secondary schools will adhere to the upcoming ‘Manak Holiday Calendar.’
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|Bihar Holiday Calendar 2024
|Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
|Eid Ul Fitr
|15 April-15 May
|Hazrat Muhammad Sahab Jayanti
The notice emphasizes that the District Magistrate is not authorized to declare leaves beyond what is specified in the calendar. Any exceptional cases require permission from the Education Ministry. It explicitly states that headmasters or principals of government schools do not have the authority to declare holidays beyond the official calendar. For additional information, please refer to the School Holiday Calendar provided above.
The release of the calendar, usually a regular event, has caused a political stir this year. The BJP criticized the Bihar government, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for the 2024 holiday calendar. They argued that the state was engaging in appeasement politics by increasing holidays for Muslim festivals while reducing them for Hindu ones.
On Monday, the Bihar Education Department released the annual holiday calendar for 2024, aiming for a minimum of 220 teaching days under the Right to Education. In the new calendar, summer vacation days have increased from 20 to 30, and holidays for Hartalika Teej and Jitiya have been omitted. Meanwhile, holidays for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Bakrid) have been extended to three days each. This decision follows a previous controversy in August when the state initially reduced school holidays from 22 to 8 for the next five months but later withdrew the order due to significant opposition.