New Delhi, 26 June | The Directorate of Education (DOE), Government of Delhi has issued a circular on the approach and implementation strategy for conducting teaching-learning activities in all government schools from Nursery to Class 12. It has directed the school authorities to implement the new strategy. Current academic session, until schools reopen.
The action plan for the new session 2021-22 which includes a staggered approach to ease the teaching-learning process for the students is divided into three phases.
In the first phase, which will start from June 28, the DoE has directed school authorities to contact students and parents, update their details and create WhatsApp groups and generate lists of students with smartphones, normal phones or no phones.
During the second phase, which will begin on July 5, teachers will engage with their students to learn about their well-being, understand their condition and need for support, and begin light activities like reading, writing, etc.
According to the DOE circular, “For Classes 9 to 12, in addition to supporting emotional well-being, the child will currently focus on understanding and understanding through online classes and worksheets. This phase will last until the end of July.”
During the third phase which will start from August, DoE has directed to focus on classroom specific activities to bridge the learning loss. “General and subject-specific worksheets will be received from nursery to class 8, online classes will be conducted by teachers of the respective subject for classes 9 to 12,” the DoE said.
The circular emphasizes that, “The focus of online classes for classes 9 to 12 will be to guide the students on the way they learn. Students who have difficulty in accessing digital devices should be able to capture the points of their online classes. Short notes to be taken will be provided.These notes can be collected by the parents from the school on a weekly basis.
The DoE circular said, “With reference to the assessment of the students, regular monthly assessment will be conducted using innovative approach to understand the level of participation and learning of the students. The nature of these assessments is project/activity/assignment.” The record of such assessment will be maintained by the schools which will be uploaded on the modules of the students as part of internal/external assessment for the session 2021-2022.
Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, reiterated that schools will remain closed till the COVID pandemic situation eases, but teachers and students are using online and semi-online approach. The connection between will resume immediately.
“With the onset of the pandemic, the learning loss has been massive. This year, we need to not only minimize the loss of learning, but also provide deep emotional support to our children. They need to be mentally prepared for any teaching-learning activities,” he said.