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CBSE Directs schools not to start academic session before April

The CBSE board noted that preponing academic sessions will stop students participating in extracurricular activities.


The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has issued a warning notice for schools not to start the new academic year before April 1. The notice was issued on March 17 and is available on the official website cbse.gov.in.

“It has been noticed that some of the affiliated schools have started their academic session quite early in the year. Attempting to complete an entire year’s worth of course work in a reduced timeframe poses risks for students who may get overwhelmed and struggle to keep up with the pace of learning, leading to anxiety and burnout,” the CBSE board Secretary Anurag Tripathi said in an official notice.

The board said some schools have already started the new academic session early this year. It gives no time to carry out extracurricular activities like learning life skills, value education, health and physical education, work education and community service. These activities are as important as academics.

“The principals and heads of the institutions of the schools affiliated with the board, are advised to refrain from beginning the academic session before April 1 each year and strictly follow the academic session from April 1 to March 31, 2023.”

The CBSE board is currently conducting the board exams for Classes 10 and 12 and will conclude on March 21 for Class 10 and April 5 for Class 12.

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