Based on the report submitted by an expert panel about three months ago, the State Government of Karnataka has issued new guidelines for online classes after the eye problems that have been seen in the children after online classes started, came into light. This decision was taken by the government keeping in mind the well being of the students. This was after several parents and experts expressed their concerns over the present mode of teaching.
Now the schools will have to take classes according to the new guidelines which try to minimize the dependence on online classes. Few of the important points of the new guidelines are:
- Online education should be in a limit. Online classes should not be conducted the whole day.
- Classes should be conducted in both online and offline modes.
- Online education should be considered temporary in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
- Online education should not be continued once the schools open officially.
- As of now online education should be imparted as per the guidelines of the union government.
- Online communication with parents of pre-primary school children, not extending beyond 30 minutes, should be held once a week.
- For Class 1 to 5 two periods of 30 to 55 minutes should be held on alternate days for a maximum of three days in a week.
- For Class 6 to 8 two periods of 30 to 45 minutes should be held per day for a maximum of five days in a week.
- For Class 9 and 10 four periods of 30 to 45 minutes should be held per day for a maximum of five days in a week.
- For Class pre primary to grade 2 the content mix has to be play, stories, rhymes and other innovative activities.
- For Class 3 to 5, the content mix has to be 25% curricular and the rest co-curricular.
- For Class 6 to 8, both the curricular and co-curricular must have equal importance.
- For Class 9 to 10, the content mix must be 75% curricular and the rest co-curricular.