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

Admission for children under socially and economically deprived groups under the Right to Education (RTE) is likely to be more delayed in Gujarat as the government has to issue compulsory caste and income certificates. Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama told RITU SHARMA in an interview that the state government could not risk applicants for health and that the authorities issuing these certificates would have the issue of maintaining social disturbances. Excerpts…

After Covid-19, what changes are schools expected to make in terms of academics and examinations?

Post Covid-19, (rather we say living with Covid), we expect technology to be able to learn the future, the role of teachers will be a big shift from instructor to facilitator and mentor, educating schools Students and society will have to periodically assess to create awareness about how to live with the Covid and schools, so that students’ effectiveness and levels of learning since assessment and examination Evaluate home learning solutions for

Also, new academic calendars can be developed for this year to ensure appropriate teaching according to the available academic days in line with the new academic calendar of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

When has the state government planned to open schools for students in this academic session?

Let us wait for the central government guidelines in collaboration with ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) and issue a policy for the introduction of physically educational institutions. Based on the guidelines, we will announce the date in consultation with the state health department.

What is the roadmap for schools for this academic session?

The schools are working to enroll in classes 1, 9 and 11 for the academic session, which began on June 8, 2020. Efforts are being made to ensure delivery of textbooks and other material related to home learning.

What are the schemes for the children of economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups under the RTE Act? New admissions are pending this year and private schools have already enrolled students.

Private schools that have already enrolled students from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups under the RTE Act are directed to treat their regular students equally and provide them with equal home education facilities. If students do not have electronic devices for learning, private schools are instructed to provide printed material and work sheets etc. for learning at home.

While the entry under RTE is under consideration for this year as we are ready, but since the matter is of sub-judge, the decision cannot be taken till the order of the High Court. The process was to begin in March but was delayed due to Covid-19. There is an issue that needs to be addressed for compulsory caste and income certificates under the 25 percent reservation for children from economically and socially disadvantaged groups under the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The government cannot put the health of applicants and officials issuing these certificates at risk as maintaining social balance will be an issue.

Despite the state government’s assurance of no fee hike in private schools, parents are demanding this from schools, while forcing some students to wear school uniforms even for online classes. Any checks imposed on such practices?

I had a detailed meeting with the school management and discussed all the issues. They have unanimously agreed to my recommendations that there will be no increase in the current existing fee, this fee will be taken in monthly installments instead of quarterly and parents will be given freedom to pay the fee by September in case of difficulties. You must have noticed that in spite of all this we have taken strict steps and issued immediate notices, and till now we have not received any complaint.

I again assure that my department is alert and ready to take action and we get any complaints. We have directed institutions not to insist on uniforms for online classes.

What is the reach of various offline and online tools launched for the state government schools? How has the state government planned to cover the gaps?

To ensure that new academic sessions are not affected by the epidemic, the Gujarat government has planned a ‘home learning’ initiative from 15 June and announced that various tools and platforms to cover the gaps are explored. Used to be. Regular feedback, data analysis and corrective measures are being taken.

What have been the reach and results of the ‘Home to Study’ campaign launched by the state government in March?

Gujarat was the first state to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic and partnered with 13 national and local television channels even before the lockout-I was announced.

Education programs were broadcast on 13 TV channels for two hours every day for over a month. While this is the best way to reach the maximum number of students, the state has used some other means to bridge the gap in its current phase.

To ensure learning at home, it has been decided to initiate various initiatives such as development and distribution of weekly course guides, weekly homework booklets, classes through television and mobile platforms.

Arrangements are made in partnership with Doordarshan and Vande Gujarat channels of Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG) to broadcast daily learning material. A detailed time table for the telecast has been prepared and published. It has been ensured that every parent and student gets this timetable so that they can watch the telecast. Repeated telecasts are also planned so that those who have missed it can watch it. This telecast covers all classes from 3 to 12. While textbooks are QR-coded and students will be able to view it via mobile or tablet, in addition, some audio-visual content is also being included. To ensure maximum access to students, multiple platforms and partnerships such as Facebook Workplace, WhatsApp, Facebook Live, Telecast via Jio TV are being explored.

With the pre-recorded six percent drop in Class 10 results this year, how does the state government ensure minimal impact on the teaching and learning outcomes of government school students?

We are analyzing the results from various data points such as districts, blocks, disciplines, etc. to find out where the decline is and will design corrective corrective interventions to ensure that in the current situation the minimum impact on teaching and learning.

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