New Delhi, Apr 23: Alternative academic calendars for primary and upper primary stage (Classes VI to VIII), developed by NCERT 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, were released here by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' here on Thursday.
MrPokhriyal said this 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 learner, parents and teachers even while at home, an official release here said. The calendar contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms.
It also covers experiential learning activities such as Arts Education, Physical Exercises, yoga, and prevocational skills and contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms. It includes activities related to four languages as subject areas, that is, Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit. The calendar also gives space to the strategies of reducing stress and anxiety among teachers, students and parents and gives link for chapter wise e-content available on the e-pathshala, NROER and DIKSHA portal of Government of India.
Besides, this calendar will empower students, teachers, school principals and parents to find positive ways to deal with COVID-19 using online teaching-learning resources and also improving their learning outcomes getting school education at home. However, it has taken into account, the varying levels of access to such tools: mobile, radio, television, SMS and various social media, he said, adding that it is a fact that many of us may not have internet facility in the mobile, or may not be able to use different social media tools - such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google, but the calendar guides teachers to further guide parents and students through SMS on mobile phones or through voice call. Parents are expected to help elementary stage students to implement this calendar.
The Alternative Academic Calendar for the primary stage was released by the union minister on April 16. He said very soon all the remaining classes, that is, IX to XII and subject areas will be covered under this calendar. This calendar will cater to the needs of all children including Divyang children (children with special needs) - link for audio books, radio programmes, and video programme will be included.(UNI)