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cbse academic session: CBSE asks schools to refrain from starting academic before April 1

In a strict circular, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the schools to follow its academic calendar and refrain from starting the new academic session before April 1, and follow the academic session from April 1 to March 31. This comes after some schools reportedly started academic session early this year.

The board said that the early completion of course might put extra pressure on students and they might feel the anxiety and burnout. “Attempting to complete an entire year’s worth of coursework in a reduced timeframe poses risks for students who may get overwhelmed and struggle to keep up with the pace of the learning, leading to anxiety and burnout,” CBSE said in its circular.

The board also said that it leaves little or no time to carry out extracurricular activities like life skills, value education, health and physical education, work education and community service. These activities are also important as academics, CBSE said.

The circular has been issued to heads of all the CBSE affiliated schools on March 17, 2023.

“The Principals and Heads of Institutions of the schools affiliated with the Board are, therefore, advised to refrain from beginning academic sessions before April 1st each year and strictly follow Academic Session from 1st April to 31 March,” the circular stated.

The CBSE board exams began on 15th February for classes 10 and 12 and over 38 lakh students spread across 7,250 centers are appearing for this year’s exam. The Class 10 board exams will cover 76 subjects and will get over by 21st March and the Class 12 board exams covering 115 subjects will get over on 5th April.

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