On Sunday, the Ministry of Education released guidelines for identification, admission, and continuing education outside of school for children following the Covid-19 outbreak.
" In order to mitigate the impact of the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic poses on out-of-school children, it has been imperative for each State /UT to design an appropriate strategy to prevent increased dropouts, reduce enrollment, loss of learning and deteriorating progress in providing universal access. Quality and fairness in recent years," the ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry of Education has developed and published detailed guidelines about actions states and UT must take during school closures and upon school reopening.
The main features of the guidelines are :
Continuing Education for Out-of-School Children (OoSC) and Children with Special Needs (CWSN)
Continuing non-residential training for children identified outside of school through volunteers, local teachers, and community participation.
Continuing homeschooling for CWSN children through volunteers / special teachers.
Identify children who do not attend school
States and UT conduct appropriate OoSC identification for the 6-18 age group through a comprehensive door-to-door survey and prepare an action plan for registration.
Reasons to enroll and raise awareness
Enrollment drives can be held at the beginning of the school year, such as Praveshotsav, School Chalo Abhiyan, etc.
Raise awareness among parents and the community to register and care for children
Raise awareness about the practice of 3 behaviors appropriate for Corona: wearing a mask, a distance of six feet, washing hands with soap, for which the IEC material was shared on November 6, 2020 with the States and UT.
Support students during school closings
Support will be provided to students, including a wide variety of counseling and outreach and targeted home visits.
Use the Manodarpan web portal and the remote counseling number for psychosocial counseling and support services.
Distribute educational materials and resources, supplementary step-by-step materials, workshops, worksheets, etc. to support homeschooling.
Explore the option of classroom on wheels and small group classes at the village level
Increase children's access to online / digital resources, television radio, etc. to reduce learning loss
Ensure easy and timely access to supplies of school uniforms, textbooks, and MDM
Timely disbursement of wages to CWSN girls through DBT
Strengthening the child protection mechanism at the local level
Support students when school reopens
Prepare and operate school readiness units/bridge cycle for the initial period when schools reopen so that they can adapt to the school environment and not feel stressed or left out
Identify students of different grades according to their learning levels.
Relax the detention rules to avoid leaks this year.
Ensure reading comprehension and numeracy skills by encouraging children to read books outside of the curriculum, creative writing, and problem-solving.
Large-scale learning recovery/enhancement programs to mitigate learning loss and inequality.
Strengthening of teaching capacity
Effective use of online training modules and Corona's behavior response online training module will be launched soon.
Use the alternate academic calendar prepared by NCERT for the enjoyable participation of children in learning.
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