New Guidelines Issued For Virtual Classes in J&K

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Srinagar: Acting on the directions of Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, the education department on Tuesday issued new guidelines in conducting virtual classes for pre-primary and primary school students.

The guidelines were issued by BK Singh; the Principal Secretary to the government, school education department, a day after LG took note of a six-year-old girl's video message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining of a huge burden of homework through online. The video moved Sinha who described it as a very adorable complaint and directed the department to come out with a policy within 48 hours to lighten the burden of homework on school kids.

According to the new guidelines issued for the Pre-Primary students, the School Education Department has set the cap of 30 minutes a day to conduct the virtual classes.

Similarly for the students up to 8th standard, the order issued by Singh says, “Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the working days.”

The department also recommended that for the classes 9-12th, online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than four sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the working days.

Stating the specific guidelines related to Preschool students of Grades-1 and II, the government has asked the School Education Department to plan joyful learning experiences for digital and online learning as they do for face-to-face.

“Daily life experiences must be shared for enhancing their competency and interesting assignments shall be given to the children such as listening, and reading, stories followed by activities like drawing inferences, adding or changing the climax at the end, picture reading, art and craft, puzzles, simple observation projects and learning new words,” reads the order.

The School Education Department has also directed to organize brief and casual meetings with the parents and children through video conferencing occasionally and give them a chance to narrate their feelings and experiences

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