School Education Department issues fresh guidelines
J K News Today Special
Jammu, June 1:
In less than 24 hours after Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha directed the education department to lessen the workload f homework on the kids in Jammu and Kashmir in response to a six-year-old Kashmiri girl’s narration of tale of the harassment caused by the virtual mode classes on Monday, the education department on Tuesday came out with fresh guidelines easing the pressure on the students of different classes.
Our children need more time to play, interact with parents, the biggest learning experience a child can have.— Office of LG J&K (@OfficeOfLGJandK) June 1, 2021
The LG had given a time frame of 48 hours to the education department to come out with a policy on this count . He saw the genuineness in the plea of the girl child who had made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to intervene . Sinha being the representative of the Centre and assigned with the task of taking care of the needs of the people , took cognizance of the plea and issued the orders.
The Education Department came out with the fresh guidelines on Tuesday evening in line with the directions issued by the LG on Monday evening to administrative secretaries that they should speed up their decision-making and work without any fear and favour.
The fresh guidelines, as issued by the Secretary of School Education , B K Singh , said that , for pre-primary students , on a given day for interacting with parents and guiding them not more than 30 minutes.
For classes 1 to 12, it has been suggested that they adopt/adapt the alternative academic calendar of NCERT at http:/ncert.nic.in/aac.html
It added that online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days the states / UTs decide to have online classes for primary sections.
Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than four sessions of 30-45 minutes on each of the days as decided by the states/UTs.
There also is a provision of informing parents and students at least a week about the subjects and topics for the next week . There is a provision of break in between for the students to be cheerful and relax.
It goes to the credit of Manoj Sinha that he decided all this in response to the child’s plea that will benefit millions of children in the UT of J&K and elsewhere. A model has been set , which other places can follow .