CBSE Guidelines and Southern Railway decision to close down schools

A communication to this effect was issued by the Southern Railway on Monday asking all schools to stop fresh intake for the coming academic year.

The Southern Railway has decided to shut down all the nine schools functioning across the five divisions in a move that could affect several students studying in railway schools.

The principals of the schools have also been instructed to sensitize parents of both railway and non-railway employee’s children to shift their wards to other schools for the next academic year 2019-20. Southern Railway has also assured teachers in these schools that they would be redeployed in the respective divisions.

A total strength of 327 students up to Class X has been found in the railway school at Golden Rock in Trichy. While the decision will affect all, the most affected will be those in Class IX as most schools do not admit new students to Class X.

According to an insider’s statement from the Golden Rock railway workshop (GOC) under which the school is functioning, the schools were turning out to be a burden on the railways and it was a conscious decision which has already been implemented in a few other railway zones in the country. However, the school principal was unaware of such a communication. In Trichy, the Tamil medium school under GOC has closed down a couple of years ago and converted into a Kendriya Vidyalaya school.

“The railways introduced an educational allowance for employees who send their wards to non-railway schools. This move saw a steady decline of students admitted in railway schools. The fee for non-railway employee’s children manifold in the past years has been increased by the southern railway. These factors resulted in the student strength coming down to 327 from over a 1,000 a decade ago,” an official said.

He also added that the decision to close down these schools is a policy decision of the Southern Railway.

Workshop personnel officer of GOC, who is also the correspondent of the school, was unavailable for comment.

CBSE New Guidelines

It will be mandatory for schools to have a “sports” period daily during which students will have to go the playground but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual and will be graded on the same according to the new guidelines aimed at mainstreaming health and physical education.

In order to prevent students from having a sedentary lifestyle and turning into couch potatoes, the CBSE has formulated new guidelines for its schools mandating them to have a daily sports period.

The board has prepared a 150-page manual detailing sports guidelines for schools for classes 9 to 12 and methodologies for implementing them.

The board had last month asked all schools to reserve one period for “Health and Physical Education (HPE)” while preparing their timetable for the 2018-19 session.

However, HPE will be different from Physical Education (PE) academic elective which is offered to class 10 and 12 students.

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