‘Technology-enabled learning will be the future, major shift in teachers’ role’

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Written by Ritu Sharma
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Published: June 28, 2020 5:57:34 am


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The admissions for kids underneath socially and economically deprived teams underneath Right to Education (RTE) is prone to be additional delayed in Gujarat as the authorities has to subject the obligatory caste and revenue certificates. Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama tells RITU SHARMA in an interview that the state authorities can’t threat well being of candidates and authorities issuing these certificates as sustaining social distancing will be a problem. Excerpts…

Post Covid-19, what modifications are colleges anticipated to undertake in phrases of teachers and examinations?

Post Covid-19, (relatively we are saying dwelling with Covid), we count on know-how enabled learning to be the future, the function of lecturers will see a major shift from teacher to facilitator and mentor, colleges will need to play an necessary function to teach college students and society to create consciousness on the best way to dwell with Covid and colleges will have to make sure the periodic assessments to judge the dwelling learning options for its effectiveness and learning ranges of scholars since evaluation and exams are integral a part of learning processes.

Also, new educational calendar might be developed for this 12 months to make sure applicable learning in accordance with educational days out there in line with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT’s) new educational calendar.

When does the state authorities plan to open colleges for college students in this educational session?

Let us look ahead to the Central Government pointers in affiliation with ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) and subject a coverage for the graduation of instructional institutes bodily. Based on the pointers, we will announce the date in session with the state well being division.

What is the roadmap for colleges for this educational session?

Schools are engaged on enrollment for Class 1, 9 and 11 for educational session that began on June 8, 2020. Efforts are being made to make sure supply of textbooks and different content material associated to dwelling learning.

What are the plans for kids from financial weaker sections and deprived teams underneath the RTE Act? New admissions are pending this 12 months and personal colleges have already enrolled college students.

Private colleges which have already enrolled college students underneath RTE Act from weaker and deprived teams are directed to deal with them at par with their common college students and supply them equal dwelling learning services. If college students do not need digital gadgets for learning, non-public colleges are instructed to offer printed content material and work sheets and many others for dwelling learning.

While admissions underneath RTE for this 12 months is into account as we’re prepared however since the matter is sub judice a choice can’t be taken until High Court’s order. The course of was to begin in March however received delayed as a consequence of Covid-19. For the caste and revenue certificates obligatory for admissions underneath 25 per cent reservation for kids from economically and socially deprived teams underneath Right to Education (RTE) Act is a matter that should be addressed. The authorities can’t threat well being of candidates and authorities issuing these certificates as sustaining social distancing will be a problem.

Despite assurance by the state authorities of no price hikes in non-public colleges, mother and father are complaining of faculties demanding it, whereas some additionally forcing college students to put on faculty uniform even for on-line courses. Any checks to be imposed on such practices?

I had an in depth assembly with faculty administration and mentioned all points. On my suggestions they’ve agreed upon unanimously that there shall be no rise in present present charges, the charges shall be collected in month-to-month installments as a substitute of quarterly and oldsters shall be given liberty to pay the charges till September in case of difficulties. You may need observed that in spite of all this we’ve taken strict actions and issued quick notices, the place and when we’ve acquired any complaints until now.

I once more guarantee that my division is vigilant and able to take actions as and on we get any complaints. We have instructed the establishments to not insist on uniform for on-line courses.

What has been the attain of varied offline and on-line instruments launched for the state authorities colleges? How does the state authorities plans to cowl the gaps?

In a bid to make sure that the new educational session will not be affected by the pandemic, Gujarat authorities has deliberate and introduced ‘Home Learning’ initiative from June 15. To cowl the gaps, numerous means and platforms are being explored. Regular suggestions, knowledge evaluation and corrective measures are being taken.

What has been the attain and outcomes of ‘study from home’ marketing campaign launched by the state authorities in March?

Gujarat was the first state to answer Covid-19 pandemic and partnered with 13 nationwide and native tv channels even earlier than lockdown-I used to be introduced.

Education programmes have been aired on 13 TV channels for 2 hours on a regular basis for greater than a month. Though that is the very best option to attain out to most college students, state has used few different mediums to bridge the hole in its present part.

To guarantee learning at dwelling, it’s determined to introduce numerous initiatives like growth and distribution of weekly course information, weekly homework booklet, courses by means of tv and cell platforms.

Arrangements are made in partnership with Doordarshan and Vande Gujarat Channels of Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG) to telecast the day by day learning content material. Detailed agenda for telecast has been ready and revealed. It has been ensured that every mother or father and pupil will get this timetable to allow them to view the telecast. Repeat telecast can be deliberate so those that have missed it will possibly view it. This telecast covers all courses from three to 12. While the textbooks are QR-coded and the college students will be capable of view it by means of cell or tablets, moreover, some audio-visual materials can be being included. To guarantee most attain to college students, a number of platforms and partnerships like telecast by means of Facebook Workplace, WhatsApp, Facebook Live, Jio TV are being explored.

With a six p.c decline already recorded in Class 10 outcomes this 12 months, how does the state authorities guarantee minimal affect on educating and learning final result of presidency faculty college students?

We are analysing the consequence from numerous knowledge factors like districts, blocks, topics and many others to search out out the place the decline is and will design corrective remediation interventions to make sure that there’s minimal affect on educating and learning in present state of affairs.

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