Delhi government issues circular for teaching-learning activities in its schools until they reopen

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The Delhi Government Directorate of Education (DoE) on Saturday issued a circular on the conduct of teaching-learning activities for 2021-2022 in the government and its supported schools from kindergarten to grade 12 through their reopening.

The session’s action plan, encompassing the ‘approach and implementation strategy’ and divided into three stages, includes a phased approach allowing students to familiarize themselves with the teaching-learning process, it says. in an official press release.

“With the onset of the pandemic, the learning loss was massive. This year, we must not only reduce learning losses, but also provide deep emotional support to our children. They must be mentally prepared for any teaching-learning activity, ”Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in a statement.

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“This year, we will have a close alignment between teaching-learning strategies and assessment to reduce reliance on one-off exams for end-of-year results,” he added.

He reiterated that if schools will remain closed until the Covid pandemic situation eases, engagement between teachers and students will resume immediately, using an “online and semi-online approach” .

The three stages will begin on June 28, July 5 and August respectively, he said. In the first step, teachers will update their students’ contact details, create WhatsApp groups, and prepare a list of those who have a smartphone, cell phone, or no phone. In the second stage, they will introduce light activities like reading, writing and arithmetic in classes until the eighth through worksheets, he says.

“In grades 9 to 12, the focus would be on recapping and understanding the child’s current situation through online lessons and worksheets, in addition to supporting emotional well-being. The second stage will last until the end of July, ”he noted.

The third stage, which begins in August, will focus on classroom-specific activities to bridge the learning loss. So, when kindergarten to grade 8 receives generic and subject-specific worksheets, for grades 9 to 12, online lessons by teachers of the respective subjects will be provided, he explained.

According to the circular, short notes covering the main points of the online courses will be provided to pupils of 9 to 12 classes who have difficulty accessing digital devices.

“These grades can be picked up by parents in the school on a weekly basis. Parents who don’t have smartphones can collect the worksheets every week from their child’s school, ”he said.

In addition, according to the circular, this year, special emphasis will be placed on the assessment of students by carrying out regular “monthly assessments” and using innovative approaches to understand the level of student participation and learning.

“The nature of these evaluations will be based on the project / activity / mission. The file of this evaluation will be kept by the schools and will be uploaded to the student modules as part of the internal / external evaluation for the 2021-2022 session ”, he added.


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