– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: An alternative academic calendar for higher secondary stage (Classes XI and XII) has been developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) under the guidance of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that directs teachers on the use of various technological tools as well as social media tools to educate students while they are at home.
The calendar was released by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, the HRD Minister said the calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, which can be used by learner, parents and teachers even while at home.
“The tool engages students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19 through educational activities with the help of their parents and teachers,” he said, adding that it had taken into account the varying levels of access of students to different tools and platforms-Mobile, Radio, Television, SMS and various social media.
The minister said that the students who do not have internet facility, or may not be able to use different social media tools- such as whatsapp, facebook, twitter, google, etc., this calendar guides teachers to further guide parents and students through SMS on mobile phones or through voice call.
This calendar will also cater to the need of all children including Divyang children (Children with Special Needs)- link for Audio books, Radio programmes, Video programme will be included, Pokhriyal said.
The calendar contains week-wise plan consisting of interesting and challenging activities, with reference to theme/chapter taken from syllabus or textbook. 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.
The minister said that the activities given in the calendar focussed on learning outcomes and can thus be achieved through any resource including the textbooks children are using in their state or UT.
The calendar also covers experiential learning activities such as arts education, physical exercises, yoga, and contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms. It includes activities related to four languages as subject areas, that is, Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit. It also gives space to the strategies of reducing stress and anxiety among teachers, students and parents. It further includes link for chapter wise e-content available on the e-pathshala, NROER and DIKSHA portal of Government of India.
The minister said all the given activities were suggestive in nature, not prescriptive, nor is the sequence mandatory. “Teachers and parents may opt to contextualise the activities and do those activities that the student shows interest in, irrespective of the sequence,” he added.
It may be mentioned that alternative academic aalendar for primary stage (Classes I to V), upper primary stage (Classes VI to VIII) and higher secondary stage (Classes IX and X) had already been released by Union Minister of Human Resource Development in April, 2020.
Meanwhile, NCERT has already started having live interactive sessions with students, parents and teachers through the TV channel Swayam Prabha (Kishore munch)( 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 play store) and youtube live(NCERT Official Channel).
Daily Monday to Saturday these sessions are telecast for primary classes from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, for upper primary classes from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm for secondary classes from 9:00 am to 10:30 am and for higher secondary stage from 2:30 pm to 4:00 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.