Union HRD Minister Releases Alternative Academic Calendar for HS
GUWAHATI: Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, released the alternative academic calendar for higher secondary stage (Classes XI and XII) in New Delhi today.
The calendar has been developed by the NCERT under the guidance of the MHRD to engage students meaningfully during their stay at home due to COVID-19 through educational activities with the help of their parents and teachers.
Speaking on the occasion, the HRD Minister said that 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 by learner, parents and teachers even while at home. However, it has taken into account the varying levels of access of students to different tools and platforms - Mobile, Radio, Television, SMS and various social media.
Pokhriyal said that the students who do not have internet facility, or may not be able to use different social media tools - such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Google etc., this calendar guides teachers to further guide parents and students through SMS on mobile phones or through voice call.
The Minister added that this calendar will cater to the needs of all children including Divyang children (Children with Special Needs)- links for Audio books, Radio programmes, Video programme will be included.
Pokhriyal further informed that the calendar contains week-wise plans consisting of interesting and challenging activities, with reference to theme/chapter taken from syllabus or textbook. He added that 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. He added that the activities given in the calendar focus on learning outcomes and can thus be achieved through any resource including the textbooks children are using in their state or UT.
Pokhriyal also highlighted that the calendar also covers experiential learning activities such as Arts Education, Physical Exercises, yoga, etc.
This Calendar contains class-wise and subject-wise activities in tabular forms. This Calendar includes activities related to four languages as subject areas, i.e., Hindi English, Urdu and Sanskrit.