The Modi government is making all the required arrangements to start the 2020-21 academic session for schools from the first week of April. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has forced the government to announce a 21-day lockdown in India to prevent the growth of the virus.
The Modi government is taking all the measures to maintain the connection between the students and studies. The government has also launched the online portals where e-books are available for the students. As all schools and universities are closed during this lockdown, new academic sessions will start from the online classes only. Some schools are forming the content of their own and will use online platforms like ‘Diksha’ and ‘NCERT e-pathshala’.
The schools will be advised to follow the SWAYAM TV channels run by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and HRD-operated portal that offers open-learning material for students at the pre-degree level. The channels, available on direct-to-home (DTH) networks, currently offer content for classes 9-12. The NIOS has also been asked to add content for the junior classes as well.
Amit Khare, Secretary, Human Resource Development (HRD), told ThePrint, “Classes will start online from the first week of April, to commence the new academic session. We will begin this process with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-affiliated schools and states can join in gradually.” Later he added that some schools have already started their online classes for the students to catch up with the studies. & moreover the Modi government, Ministry of HRD with NBT has launched a lot many free books online.
The government had instructed the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to keep an alternative academic calendar ready, but this plan appears to have been junked.
Khare also answered the question about the board exams as the exams were postponed due to the outbreak of coronavirus. We have an alternative calendar for board exams ready with us and, as soon as the lockdown is lifted, we will go ahead with the exams,” he said. “According to our calendar, we are ready to conduct exams from 1 May, if the lockdown is lifted by 14 April.”
The Modi government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas also issued instructions on 24 March that students up to Class 8 be promoted to the next class.
“Most states have already promoted their students to the next class. The ones that haven’t promoted the students, are doing it gradually. They are all making some arrangement,” Amit Khare said.
The government-run Kendriya Vidyalayas also issued instructions on 24 March that students up to Class 8 be promoted to the next class.