West Bengal’s school education department has teamed up with channel ABP Ananda to broadcast live lectures for class X and XII students. The medium is set to compensate for the loss of academic hours due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Every day for a span of one hour, from 3 pm to 4 pm, the lectures will be telecast till April 13, 2020. Half an hour will be preserved for students of X and XII respectively.
In West Bengal, suspension of classes had begun March 16 onwards with many schools independently converting to online education hubs. During the broadcast of classes, students will be encouraged to convey their queries by telephoning. The channel will also provide email id to make the sessions interactive.
Education minister of West Bengal, Partha Chatterjee has mandated submission of home activity report based on the curriculum till April 14 and until schools reopen. State school education department has set model questions on their websites. Teachers and students of respective institutions can download and send via WhatsApp or mail. Following the process, students can rectify their errors and clarify subject related doubts.
In the light of unprecedented circumstances ensuing from COVID-19, some state governments have issued the directive to follow ‘no detention policy from classes I to VIII in both the state-run and state-aided schools. “Regarding promotion of all students from classes 1 to 8, you are hereby requested to follow the directive,” said Gerry Arathoon, Secretary of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISEC).
Many countries including Bangladesh and the USA have switched to TV. It would largely benefit students belonging from remote regions with minimum or no access to reliable internet. Increasingly, TV is being used as a vehicle for online learning. Ideally, a mix of television, mobile technology and radio could reach the learning materials to millions of students in the country.