The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development released a set of guidelines for online learning of school children on Tuesday. PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education, which stipulates the timings for online classes, was released by the HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister insisted that to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools would not only have to remodel and reimagine the way teaching and learning happened so far but would also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school.
He said that the guidelines had been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online/blended/digital education. He added that these guidelines provided a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education. The Minister claimed that the guidelines would be relevant and useful for a diverse set of stakeholders, including school heads, teachers, parents, teacher educators and students.
According to the guidelines, online sessions can be held for pre-primary classes for not more than 30 minutes on any given day to interact with parents and guiding them. The government has recommended adoption of alternative academic calendar of NCERT for classes 1 to 12 (http://ncert.nic.in/aac.html. ) For primary classes, online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each. It will be four sessions of not more than 30-45 minutes each for classes 9 to 12.
For parents, the guidelines help to understand the need for physical, mental health and wellbeing, along with cyber safety measures for children at home. They also emphasise the need to unify all efforts related to digital/online/on-air education, benefitting school-going children across the country. The initiative includes DIKSHA, SWAYAM Prabha, SWAYAM MOOCS, Radio Vahini, Shiksha Vaani, Special content for children with special needs and ITPAL.
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