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MHRD Releases PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education

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Putting a cap on screen time for digital classrooms, union MHRD has released PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education for schools across India. The recent guidelines have also elaborated on essential tips to help students cope with academic pressure during digitalised learning sessions.

“Introducing ‘PRAGYATA’: Guidelines on #DigitalEducation for school heads, teachers, parents, and students containing recommended screen time for children, tips on coping with mental/physical stress during #DigitalLearning & more. Stay tuned for more details,”  tweeted HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

The guidelines seek to maintain the continuum of healthy home schooling during the pandemic without further loss in academic time. The Minister has highlighted the significance of the guidelines which will be indispensable to a myriad set of stakeholders such as parents, teachers, school heads and students.

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Pre Primary: Classes on any given day should not exceed 30 minutes

Classes I to VIII: Classes divided into two sessions each spanning between 30-45 minutes on the number of days as decided by states/union territories.

Classes IX to XII: Classes divided into four sessions each spanning between 30-45 minutes on the number of days as decided by states/union territories.

The guidelines take into consideration balancing offline and online activities and inclusiveness besides preserving physical health and mental well-being of the students. Each guideline has been framed from the lens of learners with a strong emphasis on blended learning for students stuck at home due to lockdown.

“To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools will not only have to remodel and reimagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but will also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school,” commented HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.

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