Rajasthan schools to have Diwali breaks from October 29 to November 7: Dotasra

The Rajasthan government changed its decision of not giving mid-term holidays to school students and issued a new order.

Rajasthan schools to have Diwali breaks from October 29 to November 7: Dotasra
Vagisha Kaushik | Oct 13, 2021 - 8:47 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Rajasthan government has announced Diwali holidays for Rajasthan schools from October 29 to November 7, education minister Govind Singh Dotasra announced on social media.

“Diwali holidays from 29 October to 7 November in the Education Department. Appropriate orders have been issued for this,” education minister said in a social media post.

Earlier, the state government had cancelled the mid-term holidays for schools in view of the learning loss due to the prolonged closure of schools owing to the pandemic situation. It had cancelled all gazetted holidays. However, the government changed its decision and allowed Diwali breaks.

Parents and teachers can contact the concerned school authorities regarding the clarifications of leaves.

The regular classes for students of 6 to 8 resumed from September 20 in government and private schools with 50 per cent capacity. School activity for Class 1 to 5 resumed from September 27 with 50 percent capacity. The state government had already started classes for students of 9 to 12 from September 1.

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The schools were supposed to reopen from August 2 but the decision was postponed. Rajasthan had closed schools in April 2021 just as COVID-19 cases were surging in the devastating second wave of the pandemic.

Recently, regarding the REET 2021 paper leak case, Dotasra said that the questioning of the key accused in the state teachers' eligibility exam paper leak case will make things clear and end the BJP’s “drama” over the issue.

The BJP has been demanding a CBI probe into alleged irregularities in the recently conducted Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers-2021 (REET) while the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has demanded Dotasra's resignation.

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The alleged mastermind -- Batti Lal Meena -- along with another person Shivdas Meena was arrested in Uttarakhand's Kedarnath along with another person on Sunday by a team of the Rajasthan Police's Special Operations Group (SOG).

The Rajasthan government has suspended an RAS and two RPS officers, 13 personnel of the education department and three policemen in the case.

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