New Delhi, Apr 16: An alternative academic calendar, developed by the NCERT in order to engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19 through educational activities at home with the help of their parents and teachers, was released by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' here on Thursday.
The minister said 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 to learn even while at home.
Pokhriyal said all the classes from one to twelve and subject areas will be covered under this calendar which will cater to the need of all children, including those with special needs (divyang) and will have links for audio books, radio programmes, video programmes. The calendar contains week-wise plan consisting of interesting and challenging activities, with reference to theme/chapter taken from syllabus or textbook.
Importantly, it maps the themes with the learning outcomes. The purpose of mapping of themes with learning outcomes is to facilitate teachers/parents to assess the progress in the learning of children and also to go beyond textbooks, an official statement here said. However, it has taken into account, the varying levels of access to such tools -- mobile, radio, television, SMS and various social media. (UNI)