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Mumbai schools participating in NAS 2021 survey demand 100% attendance on Thursday & Friday

City schools not taking part in the National Achievement Survey 2021 to get extended Diwali vacations, till November 22.

On Wednesday, a circular issued by the education department helped clear the confusion regarding the reopening of schools in Mumbai, in line with the National Achievement Survey (NAS) 2021, scheduled to take place tomorrow. According to this official note, the 295 Mumbai schools participating in the nationwide survey were directed to resume physical classes, with 100% attendance, starting today. Other education institutes, on the other hand, have been permitted to extend Diwali vacations till November 22.

Local train travel permitted to students, guardians on Friday

The Maharashtra Education Board has cut short the festival vacationed for 295 Mumbai schools, amidst the backdrop of the NAS 2021 survey. Reportedly, these schools welcomed students in full capacity on Thursday morning, a day ahead of the education review to be conducted on November 12.

On Friday, participating schools have demanded full attendance, round a full shift from 8 AM to 3 PM. As such, All pupils have been asked to carry their own tiffin and water bottle. Going by reports, suburban train travel has also been extended to students to facilitate easier commute for students on the day of the survey, added reports. Besides, student guardians can also accompany their wards in local trains irrespective of their vaccination status.

Schools reopen in Mumbai today amid discouraged parental response

According to a circular dated November 3, the state had left it to the schools to arrange the upcoming Diwali holidays with holidays during Christmas or the summer. However, the order did not pose much advantage to schools not participating in the review, which was further highlighted by the Secretary of Maharashtra Rajya Shikshan Samiti.

Parallelly, schools taking the survey have demanded 100% student attendance, pressurising the parent body to send their wards to schools for two days, i.e Thursday and Friday. As of Wednesday, attendance in schools was subject to parental consent.

While schools have to gather only 30 students per class to take the survey, these pupils will be selected randomly on the basis of chits. To ensure proper selection, schools have resorted to the full capacity rule, however, parents have shown a discourages response in sending their child(s) to schools. According to school administrations, people are refusing to their children to school for two days.

The matter was directly taken up by State School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Wednesday, where she urged parents to cooperate in keeping Maharashtra at the top of the overall ranking. The survey will be conducted as a written test, reviewing languages, maths and science among the 39 lakh students across 1.25 lakh schools across the country. The final survey pool, however, will be finalised on Friday.

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