New Delhi: Owing to the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown, students across the country are losing valuable time in the wake of all exams and schedules getting changed. Taking a note of the same, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to come up with an alternative calendar for classes 1 to 12. Also Read - ‘Promote All Students of Class 1-8 to Next Class,' HRD Minister Directs CBSE

Anita Karwal, the chairman of CBSE, in her recent address to school principals, stated that the calendar is specially developed around activities that will help attain Learning Outcomes in a joyful manner. Also Read - COVID 19: CBSE Employees to Contribute Rs 21 Lakh For PM CARES Fund

“This calendar also suggests ways and means to use technology to aid and facilitate this process of learning,” the chairman mentioned.

What will be the focus?

1.The focus will largely be to reinvent education processes for managing academic activities in such situations, so that predicaments like these can be well managed well in future.

Karwal also emphasised on the usage of modern learning techniques, like e-learning modules saying,  “It’s also the time to embrace technology – whether it is Internet based or not. Group video calls, conference calls, simple voice calls can help in effectively communicating with each other.”

2.  Schools are also advised to follow digital learning platforms provided by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

“Share your innovative timetables, content, assignments, question banks, etc. with us, so that your efforts do not remain limited to your school,” she said asking the principals to share their work on ASAR app of CBSE.

3.Well, not just adopting technology, the chairman also said that online learning modules isn’t enough and the children must actively participate in household chores.

“The running of a kitchen is an immense learning resource. Various places in our homes, especially the kitchens, remain the most underrated and underused place for a child’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor development. The kitchen is perhaps the best lab one has at home,” Karwal said.