Bathinda, May 20
The much awaited summer vacations in schools are finally here. This time around, students do not have to worry about the traditionally burdensome homework handed out for the vacations as the state education department has decided to make the pattern more creative and lively to help develop knowledge skills among the children.
This summer vacation, the holiday homework is expected to be more 'open-ended' with the inclusion of topics related to children's hobbies to send the message across ' ' ' ¯ holidays are fun, and so can homework be.
The Director General School Education (DGSE), Punjab, has directed all district education officers to instruct the school staff to convey to the students that whosoever would have written qualitative poems, stories or read informative books and prepared models/projects related to academic or social/environmental issues, would be honoured in the morning assembly after the schools reopen.
Besides enjoyment, the education department wants that the students should improve their handwriting and learn tables during the summer vacations, and teachers have been asked to motivate them.
To develop the habit of reading among students of primary schools, teachers have been asked to issue story/poem books to students from the reading cells in the schools before the vacations start.
Aiming at giving meaningful but not burdensome homework, environmental topics have been shortlisted by the state education department, which include the collection of petals, leaves, seeds etc. and then pasting them on a register.
For the students of secondary classes, the education department wants that the students must hone their skills in science and prepare charts and small model/projects with the help of their subject teachers.
Besides, the teaching staff has been directed to inspire the students to develop newspaper reading as a hobby.
Some topics are being introduced for gaining knowledge. While going on a trip, kids will be asked to collect details about that place, including its topography, types of soils, culture and occupations in trend.
Their reports will be appreciated in the schools after the vacations are over.