“ We are working on a proposed frame work that will cut down the in-school learning time to 100 days and 600 hours and an equal amount of active learning hours from home”, union human resource and development ministry. Amidst this coronavirus pandemic, the government has also stated that, not though, that we have to learn to live with this virus. That is why, slowly, the economy is reviving and people are going back to their jobs. Shops are open, public transport has been opened by the government; restaurants are open, and whatnot. But education, what will happen to the education system? To answer this question, the Union Ministry of human resource development said that they are working on a proposed framework that envisages 100 days of in-school study and 50% of the classes will be conducted online. They also said that 20 days or 120 hours are likely to set aside for the intervention from doctors and counselors at school or at home to ensure the emotional well-being of children. The ministry is also supposed to ask the teachers or the schools to help those children who do not have access to this technology and to make them familiar with the newly adopted format of learning.
The ministry is also concerned about the education of the children of migrants. The government is likely to ask the schools to give admission to the students with some identity cards without asking for any transfer certificate and meanwhile, the schools in which these students were studying in will be asked to not immediately remove their names as there is a possibility that these migrant families may come back.
As the statement given by the government, it can be comprehended that no more than 30%-50% of students attend school at one time with a graded format with the possibility of two shifts. Students of class 1-8 may come 2-4 days a week and students of classes 9-12 may attend 4-5 times a week.
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The main change for which all the students would be eager to know is how the schools will take examinations. The HRD ministry is likely to discourage the old school method of pen and paper, instead, it may pitch in for the “non-stressful” assessments, role play, quizzes, presentations in class, and project work and portfolio at home.
Social distancing will be promoted among the students. The outdoor classes with physical distancing are proposed to be conducted. All the schools will be asked to manage their budget for supplies like a thermometer, disinfectants, soaps, masks and set up task forces for COVID related measures.
Schools will be given separate guidelines for serving mid-day meals in government schools, including mandating salt/turmeric washes for vegetables, monitored cooking, staggered serving of the mid-day meal to the children, daily thermal screening of cooks and insuring disinfection of the kitchen and serving area.
These are the steps, which are likely to be taken soon by the Union human resource development ministry. The steps should be taken as soon as possible to decrease the number of stymie in the path of quality education.