Union Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ issued guidelines to improve the learning ability of students in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that at the present time during the COVID-19 epidemic, the institutions under the Ministry have worked together and have tried to provide schooling at home to children using digital mediums. Alternative documents such as educational calendars, intelligent guidelines, digital education India report, loyalty online, etc. are some of the initiatives that have been initiated to maintain continuity in children’s schooling.
Amid efforts to provide schooling to students through alternative means, concerns were expressed by various stakeholders regarding the education of children who do not have access to digital resources. In addition, it was revealed that due to unequal access to digital resources for homeschooling, concerns of fairness and inclusion could lead to flaws in children’s education.
Keeping this in mind, the directions of the Ministry of Education, NCERT has prepared guidelines for students to improve their ability to learn in the current state of pandemics and post-pandemic conditions. The Minister said that these guidelines, models have been suggested for the following three types of situations. First, in which students do not have any digital resources available. Second, in which students have limited digital resources available. Third, in which students have digital resources available for online education.
The minister said that in these guidelines, the emphasis has been laid on the community working closely with the school to provide teaching material like workbooks, worksheets etc. to the children at their home by teachers and volunteers. It also suggests teaching local students by volunteers or teachers, installing the television in community centers, and following social distance norms.
Pokhriyal said that these guidelines also envisage setting up helpline service in community centers with the help of community members and members of Panchayati Raj. It also recommends the orientation of parents so that they can support and engage their children in learning. He said that for all three situations, it has been suggested to use an alternative academic calendar and implement it.
Suggestions given in these guidelines, on the survey conducted by NCERT in the schools of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and Central Board of Secondary Education on access to digital resources and on the Continuous Learning Scheme prepared for the States / UTs by the Ministry of Education. Are based.
The Minister said that through these guidelines, children who do not have digital resources available for the opportunity to learn at home by teachers or volunteers. Apart from this, it will also provide support to all the students who are getting an education at home using various alternative means i.e. radio, TV, smartphones etc., in our efforts to overcome the shortcomings that they are getting while learning.
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