The Ministry of Education is launching the schools' alternative academic calendar for the next 8 weeks
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NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ released an alternative academic calendar for secondary education for the next eight weeks on Tuesday as schools remain closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The calendar contains a weekly schedule made up of interesting and challenging activities, referring to a topic or chapter from the curriculum or textbook. Above all, it assigns the topics to the learning outcomes,” said the minister.

The purpose of mapping topics to learning outcomes is to give teachers and parents the ability to assess progress in children’s learning and go beyond textbooks, Nishank said.

“The activities listed on the calendar are focused on learning outcomes and therefore can be accessed through any resource, including textbooks that children use in their state or area of ​​the Union. They also include experiential learning activities such as art education, physical exercise, yoga and prior professional skills “, he added.

This calendar contains class and subject-related activities in tabular form. The activities relate to four languages ​​as subject areas – Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit. The calendar also provides space for strategies for reducing stress and anxiety for teachers, students and parents.

The minister said the calendar took into account the different levels of access to such tools – mobile phone, radio, television, SMS and various social media.

“Many of us may not have mobile internet facilities or may not be able to use other social media tools like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google. The calendar helps teachers provide further assistance to parents and students via text messaging on mobile phones or cell phones Parents are expected to help elementary school students implement this calendar, “Nishank said.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the center announced a nationwide classroom closure as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

While various restrictions have been relaxed at different stages of “unlocking”, educational institutions remain closed and the teaching process has shifted online.

A partial resumption of school activities for students in grades 9 through 12 for which the Ministry of Health has announced Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will be permitted from September 21.

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