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Manish Sisodia: Schools are closed but Students learning will continue

New Delhi :Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia announced remote teaching students learning activities by teachers over whatsapp of Delhi Government schools from coming Monday with support of parents.
In the wake of the closure of schools till July 31, induced by the Coronavirus situation, the Directorate of Education, Govt. of Delhi has devised an alternate remote teaching learning plan to reduce the academic loss* of students in classes KG to XII of all government and aided schools of Delhi.
A plan of action in this regard has been worked out for the students through a combination of strategies using digital devices and support of parents and School Management Committees.
Classes KG to 12 have been divided into three cohorts to follow three distinct strategies to support the learning of students*.
“We have divided the classes into three separate cohorts, keeping the learning requirements of children at a different stages in mind and accordingly we will follow distinct strategies for each of these cohorts. Classes KG to VIII in Cohort 1, classes IX and X in Cohort 2 and classes, XI and XII, in Cohort 3”
As per the plan, “For Cohort 1 (KG to Class VIII), daily syllabus agnostic worksheets with content and questions/activities that will promote Reading, Writing, Understanding, Basic Numeracy and Happiness among children will be sent by teachers. Similarly for cohort 2 (Classes IX and X), daily subject-specific worksheets with subject-related content to strengthen the basic understanding of core subject matters among students. In the case of Cohort 3 (IX and XII), live online classes of upto 2 hours daily in 12 subjects having the highest enrollment starting with most basic topics would be conducted”.
*All Head of Schools have been asked to ensure that class teachers have the updated Whatsapp group of parents/students of their respective section*. Teachers will also maintain a list of the number of parents who are not available on Whatsapp.
Step by step process has been laid down by which students of classes KG to class 10 which are in Cohorts 1 and 2, will get specially developed worksheets through their class teachers on WhatsApp. *Those parents who are not in the WhatsApp group will be contacted over the phone by the concerned class teachers* and invited to the school to collect the worksheets for the entire weeks. Only the parents will be invited, following the physical distancing protocol.
The completed assignment would be sent back by children or their parents to the teacher through WhatsApp or those who collected worksheets physically will return back the completed assignment physically to the concerned teacher next week and pick up new worksheets.
*For students of class 12, live online classes will start from next week in 12 subjects having the highest enrolment*. These classes will be approximately 45 minutes each and not more than two classes a day. The respective subject teachers in the school will follow up with their students over phone/WhatsApp and clear doubts if any. For class 11 students, live classes will start after the readmission of students post the class 10 board exam results.
Further, apart from these regular teaching-learning activities, additional optional online teaching-learning activities will also be added from time to time to enhance the learning activities of students from their respective homes.
The Directorate of Education will track the coverage and effectiveness of the remote teaching learning approach on a regular basis.

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