Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday announced winter vacation for all schools in Kashmir division and winter zones of Jammu division.
The order in this regard was issued by Secretary School Education department, ShalinKabra.
As per the order, winter vacations for primary classes up to 8th will start from December 17 while as High and Higher Secondary classes will observe winter vacations from December 26.
The school education department in its order has notified December 15 as the last working day for classes up to 8th while as the last working day for higher classes (9th to 12th) will be December 24.
"All the schools will observe winter vacations up to February 28, 2017," reads the order.
Further, the department has decided to provide optional winter schooling to the students to compensate the loss suffered during the current year.
The government has also asked the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) to notify schools where classes will be held during winter vacations for class 8th to 12th and for those students who have taken class 12 exams.
"DSEK will notify schools for holding of Super-50 coaching and select teachers, to be deployed for conduct of classes/coaching in these schools. The teachers will be provided incentive in terms of Rule 27 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979," reads the government order.
Also, the DSEK has been asked to make all infrastructural arrangements for the smooth conduct of classes and coaching during winter months.
"Similar arrangements for winter schooling and coaching shall be made by DSE Jammu," the order reads.
The department has further ordered that officials associated with the conduct of practical examinations to avail winter vacations only after conclusion of the practical examinations. "Officials required to undergo training, as per the schedule already notified by the Chief Education Officers, shall compulsorily attend the training programme," reads the order.
The teaching faculty has been directed to report for duties on February 27 'to supervise arrangements for re-opening of schools.'