Secondary and senior secondary CBSE schools may begin functioning for six days a week from 2015. The Right to Education Act seeks to fulfil 45 working hours per week, in keeping with this mandate the board has extended its functioning days.
The CBSE said in the school curriculum published for 2015 “In order to complete the 45 working hour per week as per the recommendation of RTE-Act 2009, a school needs to function for six days a week for 6 hours and 10 minutes on each day."
To plan, prepare and check follow up work the board suggested that teachers may have to work an additional one hour and 20 minutes. In a year teachers shall devote not less than 1200 hours teaching in classrooms in classes I – VIII out of which 200 hours will be dedicated for remedial teaching and attention to weak and gifted students before or after school hours. Extra remuneration will be paid as determined by the managing committee for every excess hour devoted to teach and plan.
Every teacher is required to teach 30 periods a week, the remaining periods will be used for planning and preparing for lessons and activities. 1st to 5th periods will be of 45 minutes and 40 minutes duration for the remaining periods in a eight period timetable which may be followed in schools.