We asked India’s leading educators and academicians about the reforms in the education sector that they would recommend to the Modi government over the next 5 years. This is what had to say.

Recommendation from

Dr. S. Kanakavalli, Principal

Reserve Bank Staff Quarters School, Chennai


How many students will possess the right frame of mind to attend school when their parents are at home, resting on a Saturday?

Many government employees and those who work in the IT sector enjoy a holiday on all Saturdays. They wake up late in the morning and would like to rest during the day. This, in turn, affects the children who must attend school. Many students end up taking a leave on Saturdays. Due to this, instructions given on that day in school will not reach all the students properly. Moreover, many inter-school competitions are conducted on Saturdays and extra-curricular learning is planned for that day of the week.

We are aware that anyone after 5 days of hectic work requires rest. The levels of stress in today’s working environment is also quite high, hence rest helps them recharge for the following week. The students are deprived of spending time with their parents during the week. This leads to the students or children getting influenced or diverted to use the mobile, laptops, tablets and start gaming, etc. My question to all the readers is – In your opinion, should Saturdays continue to be a working day for schools requiring students to come in or should a student spend more time at home with their families?

* Views expressed here are solely of author

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