Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has released an 8-week calendar– an alternative academic calendar for upper primary classes to help students, parents and school authorities cope with COVID-19 and simultaneously engage students with the education process. The alternative calendar applies for classes VI to VIII through which it hopes to achieve the “best possible learning outcomes” as students quarantine at home.
“Alternative Academic Calendar for upper primary stage (Classes 6 to 8) for four weeks was released earlier. I have launched the academic calendar for the next eight weeks today,” announced Pokhriyal on his social media account.
The calendar has been framed keeping into consideration access to different interfaces such as radio, mobile phones, social media platforms, SMS and television.
“The calendar provides guidelines to teachers on the use of various technological tools and social media tools available for imparting education in fun-filled, interesting ways, which can be used by the learner, parents and teachers even while at home,” said the Education Minister.
Earlier, HRD Minster had released a 4-week calendar for the upper primary students. The alternative calendar will cater to different needs of children including differently-abled students by helping them with a week-wise plan of juggling activities with textbook chapters.
“The purpose of mapping is to facilitate teachers and parents to assess the progress in the learning of children and also to go beyond textbooks,” stated the Minister.