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Vikash Sharma

In a bid to address the issues related to gaps and loss of learning among students during and after the Covid-19 lockdown, the National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) has prepared an ‘Alternative Academic Calendar’.

The week-wise plan for Grades 1 to 12 has been developed in three languages and it consists of interesting activities and challenges related to topics/themes in the syllabus.

As per a PIB release, it maps the topics/themes with learning outcomes and facilitates teachers/parents to assess the progress in students’ learning in a variety of ways. Links for e-resources have been provided for those learners who have access to the internet.

The NCERT has also developed bridge course for out-of-school children including lots of activities which are helpful for the bridging the learning gaps across Classes 1 to 8.

The states/UTs have been requested to prepare and implement School Readiness Module/Bridge Course in classrooms for initial one or two months for each grade.

“Once school reopens, the grade related syllabus should be undertaken only after the bridge course is completed, so that students can adjust to the changed school environment and do not feel the stress or left out, especially students who did not have access to alternate means of education,” the release added.

The information was shared by the Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Monday.

To ensure that education reaches each and every student, a multi-pronged approach has been adopted leveraging technology to reach the students by the Ministry of Education. E-content for all grades in 31 languages, Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing (DIKSHA), Study Webs of Active-learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), PRAGYATA guidelines on digital education, e-textbooks and e-content on National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER), Online Virtual Labs (OLABS) for practical’s related e-content are among such initiatives.

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