To motivate students during the blocking of the COVID-19 coronavirus by educational activities at home, the Union’s Minister for Human Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank”, published the alternative academic calendar on Thursday. It was developed by NCERT under the guidance of the MHRD and aims to involve students with the help of their parents and teachers.
On this occasion, the minister said that this calendar provides teachers with guidelines for using various technological tools and social media tools that are available to deliver education in a fun, interesting way that the learner can use to do so To learn at home. However, the different levels of access to such tools were taken into account – mobile, radio, television, SMS and various social media.
The alternative academic calendar was launched today.
The calendar helps the students with the reception #school education systematically at home until the schools reopen. All activities are carried out via phones, radio, television, social media, etc. Http://t.co/T4IlmfR0vx#IndiaFightsCorona virus pic.twitter.com/akGzbj1UZ9
– Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 16, 2020
Due to the fact that many users may not have internet functionality in their mobile phone or may not be able to use other social media tools such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., the calendar causes teachers to forward parents and students via SMS to mobile phones or cell phone calls. Parents are expected to help elementary school students implement this calendar.
This minister said that all classes from I-XII and subject areas will fall under this calendar. This calendar is tailored to the needs of all children, including Divyang children (children with special needs). The link for audiobooks, radio programs and video programs will be included.
Pokhriyal further said that the calendar contains a weekly schedule that consists of interesting and challenging activities, referring to a topic / chapter from the curriculum or textbook. Most importantly, the topics are linked to the learning outcomes. The purpose of assigning topics to learning outcomes is to give teachers / parents the opportunity to assess children’s learning progress and go beyond textbooks.
The minister emphasized that the calendar also includes experience-based learning activities such as art education, physical exercises, yoga, pre-professional skills, etc. This calendar contains class and subject related activities in tabular form as well as activities related to four languages as subject areas, ie Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit.
The calendar also provides room for strategies to reduce stress and anxiety among teachers, students, and parents. The calendar contains a link for chapter-by-chapter e-content, which is available on the e-Pathshala, NROER and DIKSHA portal of the center.
The minister also said that all activities given are suggestive in nature, neither prescriptive nor that the order is mandatory. Teachers and parents can choose to contextualize the activities and perform the activities in which the student is interested, regardless of the order.
This calendar would be disseminated through DTH channels and video conferenced with SCERTs, Directorates of Education, SCERTs, KendriyaVidyalay Sangathan, NavodayaVidyalayaSamiti, CBSE, state school authorities, etc. This will enable students, teachers, school principals and parents to find out positive ways to deal with COVID-19 by using online teaching and learning resources and improving learning outcomes to maintain schooling at home.