The Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Monday announced the new Alternative Academic Calendar for the upper primary classes. The alternative is made for students and teachers to be more engaged during the homestay due to COVID-19.
Pokhriyal said that the Alternative Academic Calendar will empower students, teachers, and parents to develop new ways to engage in online teaching. The calendar will also help in improving learning outcomes.
“The calendar provides various guidelines on the use of various technological and social media tools available for providing education in interesting and fun ways, which can be used by the learner, parents and teachers even while at home,” said the Minister.
The calendar constitutes varying levels of access tools including radio, social media platforms, TVV, mobile phones, and SMS. The calendar also guides teachers to help students and parents who canoe afford to have internet access and use different tools and social media platforms.
Pokhriyal mentioned that the calendar for the upper primary stage was already released four weeks earlier and now the next eight weeks at an upper primary stage have been released.
Pokhriyal informed ‘ The Alternative Academic Calender is scheduled to facilitate teachers and parents to address the children’s needs and solve their problems. The calendar has week wise plans with inculcating activities from the textbooks or the syllabus. It also consists of different themes with different learning outcomes. Moreover, there are no prescriptive activities and all the mentioned activities are suggestive.’
The Alternative Academic Calendar is developed by NCERT in the guidance of the ministry of education with a purpose of educating every child in the country.
The Academic Calendar will fulfill all the necessary needs of the children along with those demanding special needs such as video programs, audios, radio shows, and links to audiobooks.
Pokhriyal also said that the parents were expected to help the elementary stage of the students to implement the Alternative Calendar 2020.