On Tuesday, HRD ministry released guidelines for online education in the country. Which surround the factors like duration of online sessions and the procedure for a better learning experience.
Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all the educational institutes across the nation closed from March 16. Following a nationwide lockdown from March 25. And as this situation continues, schools and colleges have now opted for online classes. Considering the concern of the parents for the long term sittings of the children in front of the screens, the HRD ministry has released some guidelines regarding online education in the country. This step is named ‘Pragyata’, by HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.
The suggested screen-time for school students according to the guidelines are :
- Maximum of two sessions, each of 30-45 minutes for classes 1 to 8
- Maximum of four sessions, each of 30-45 minutes for classes 9 to 12
The minister said, “The guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online, blended, digital education for students who are presently at home due to the lockdown.These guidelines on digital education provide a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education.”
The contents of the guideline document include :
- Understanding Digital/ Online Education
- PRAGYATA- Steps for Digital and Online Education
- Guidelines for School Heads, Teachers, Parents and Students
- Tips for Physical Health & Mental Wellness during Digital Education
- Guidelines for State/UT Administration
- National Initiatives for Digital Education and Teacher Preparation
As concluded in the ‘Pragyata’ guidelines: A local, decentralised planning and implementation is the need of the hour for which various States/ UTs level organizations such as SCERTs, School Boards, DIETs, BIETs, CTEs, IASEs and National level organisations such as NCERT, CBSE, NIOS, KVS, NVS need to join hands for a change that will sustain post COVID-19 also. Such collaboration will help to continuously enhance the quality of education and skill development of the large student population and we can leverage the demographic dividend in coming years.