College timings likely to extend up to night with revised curriculum from next year

Thiruvananthapuram: With the launch of a new curriculum next academic year, the working hours of schools are likely to change. Academic facilities will be open for students from 08:00 to 20:30 or 20:30. However, the current schedule for classes will continue. In addition to this, it is possible that the working hours in the universities will increase to 6 days a week.

The revision of the class schedules will be included without changing the working hours of the teachers. The final decision can be taken only after detailed discussions, said Higher Education Minister R Bindu at the curriculum related workshop.

The new curriculum will make it easier for students to choose subjects according to their abilities. It will be developed with emphasis on the credit system. Specific credit will be given for academic and social work related to the studies. Schools will have to conduct discussions, debates, workshops and seminars in connection with the courses and give credit score to the students in proportion to the participation. Therefore, the aim of the curriculum review is to bring a student-centered approach to the education system.

The revised schedule will help students to take advantage of facilities like libraries, labs and internet for extra time.

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