“For students in grades IX through XII, online courses should not take longer than four sessions of 30 to 45 minutes a day,” said education education secretary Dheeraj Kumar in a decision issued on Wednesday. For classes I to VIII, only two sessions per day are allowed.
“No online courses can be planned for preschool classes for the curriculum. However, online sessions can be scheduled to interact with parents and not lead them for more than 30 minutes, ”the order says. “Children who have been exposed to equipment for a long time are susceptible to serious health problems … Excessive use can be avoided by creating an age-appropriate schedule for digital education.”
The guidelines, which were ordered by the Madras Supreme Court, provide for teachers to schedule five minutes of warm-up, exercise, and creative activity in each session. It also means that parents must ensure adult supervision before providing devices such as smartphones and laptops with data connections to stations.
To avoid the burnout of teachers, the government has set a maximum number of classes for them. “A teacher can take a maximum of six classes a day, a maximum of 28 classes a week,” says the order. Classes can take place on working days between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All other electronic communications related to online courses or assignments must be limited to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The regulation also states that assessment must be an integral part of online learning programs to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved at every level. “The assessment is for monitoring purposes only and should never be linked to the performance assessment for the final assessment,” he added, adding that attending online courses should not be mandatory.
In addition, schools were asked to orient students, teachers and parents on the advantages and disadvantages of cybersecurity. “For those children who do not have access to online classes due to a lack of facilities, the school should work out another alternative form of education and coach them intensively after the school reopens,” the regulation says.