The alternative academic calendar will empower many to find out positive ways to deal with COVID-19 using online teaching-learning resources

New Delhi: Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday released an alternative academic calender for the upper primary in New Delhi.

To engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19 through instructive educational exercises with the assistance of their parents, guardians and instructors, an alternative academic calendar for the primary and upper primary stage (Classes VI to VIII) has been created by the NCERT under the direction of the MHRD. The alternative academic calendar for the primary stage was already discharged by the Union HRD minister on April 16.

Pokhriyal said that this calendar gives various guidelines to educators on the utilisation of different innovative devices and web-based social networking instruments accessible for giving education in fun-filled, fascinating ways, which can be utilised by students, guardians and instructors even while at home.

Be that as it may, it needs to be taken into consideration, the access to such instruments as mobile, radio, television, SMS and different online networking. Since a significant number of the student population might not have internet facility in the mobile, or may not be able to use different social media tools such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc, the schedule guides instructors to additionally direct guardians and students through SMS on cell phones or through voice call. Parents are relied upon to help rudimentary stage students to implement this calendar.

The calendar contains week-wise plan consisting of interesting and challenging activities, concerning theme/chapter taken from syllabus or textbook. Most importantly, it maps the themes with the learning outcomes. The purpose of mapping of themes with learning outcomes is to facilitate teachers/parents to assess the progress in the learning of children and also to go beyond textbooks. It also covers experiential learning activities such as arts education, physical exercises, yoga, pre-vocational skills, etc. This calendar contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms. This calendar includes activities related to four languages as subject areas, i.e., Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit.

NCERT has already started having live interactive sessions with students, parents and teachers through the TV channel Swayam Prabha (Kishore manch)( available through Free DTH channel 128, Dish TV Channel # 950, SunDirect #793, Jio TV, Tatasky #756, Airtel Channel #440, Videocon Channel # 477),

Kishore Manch App (can be downloaded from Google Play Store) and Youtube live (NCERT Official Channel). Daily (Monday to Saturday) sessions are being telecast for primary classes from 11 am to 1 pm and for upper primary classes from 2 pm to 4 pm. In addition to interacting with the viewer, hands-on activities along with teaching of topics are demonstrated in these live sessions.

This calendar would also be disseminated by conducting video conferencing with SCERTs/SIEs, Directorates of Education, Kendriya Vidyalay Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, CBSE, State School Education Boards, etc.

Here’s the link to the calendar.

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