Delhi government on Thursday 2 July announced the plan to bridge the possible “digital divide” resulting from the continuation of the online classes. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia emphasized the relevance of “one-to-one teaching” and “Learning with human feel”.
While addressing the press conference, Manish Sisodia said that there is fear while conducting online classes as it may create a digital divide between those students who have digital facilities to conduct online classes and those without it, creating a social and learning gap, and will be hard to fill the gap.
Implementation of the Model
He said, “A model has been created and will be implemented for one month, starting from July 3, today onwards so that learning doesn’t suffer due to limitations of online learning using digital tools. Online learning cannot be a substitute for one-to-one learning.” He further said, “The new programme was an attempt to minimize the loss to the education and experience of classroom learning. The model laid emphasis on learning with human feel through teachers interacting with every student one-to one, both with and without the facilities, even while conducting online classes”.
The students of class 11 and 12 will continue to study through Online classes and those students who don’t have the internet facilities will be contacted by the teachers through WhatsApp or through a phone call to clear their doubts. For class 11 students, live classes will start after the re-admission of students post the class 10 board exam results.
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The students of classes between KG to 8 will be connected by the teachers through WhatsApp. Where the teachers will teach, assign work, and evaluate them through WhatsApp groups and individually interact with students.
For classes 9 and 10 similarly, daily subject- related specific worksheets with subject-related content will be given to students.
The parents of those children who do not have WhatsApp access will be contacted over the phone by teachers and are invited to the school to collect the worksheets physically from respective subject teachers and to return them on completion by the next week, following the physical distancing protocols.
And apart from regular teaching-learning activities, time to time optional online learning activities would also be conducted to enhance students’ engagement in learning from their respective homes.
Manish Sisodia also mentioned, “The guest teachers employed in the government schools will also involve in the online teaching learning process”.