New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Education had issued guidelines for identification, admission, and continued education of migrant children to reduce the impact of challenges thrown by the COVID-19 pandemic for out of school children.
To ensure that school-going children have access to education with quality and equity and to minimize the impact of the pandemic on school education across the country, the Ministry of Education has prepared and issued detailed guidelines on steps to be taken by the States and UTs during school closure and when the school re-open.
The main features of the guidelines are:
Continuation of non-residential training for identified Out of School children through volunteers, local teachers, and community participation. Continuation of home-based education for CWSN children through Volunteers/ Special Educators.
States and UTs to carry out proper identification of OSC for 6 to 18 years age group through a comprehensive door to door survey and prepare an action plan for their enrolment
Enrolment drives may be undertaken at the beginning of the academic year such as
Praveshotsav, School Chalo Abhiyan, etc.
Undertake awareness generation among parents and community for enrolling and attendance of children
Create awareness on practicing 3 Corona appropriate behaviors – wear a mask, six-feet distance, and washing hands with soap for which IEC material shared on 06.11.2020 with the States & UTs.
Students to be provided support including counseling, large scale awareness & targeted home visits
Using Mano Darpan web portal and tele-counseling number for counseling services and psycho-social support.
Distribution of educational material and resources, supplementary graded material, workshops, worksheets, etc to support home-based education
Exploring the option of the classroom on wheels and classes in small groups at the village level
Increasing the access of children to online/digital resources, TV-Radio, etc. to reduce learning loss
Ensuring easy and timely access to the provisions of uniforms, textbooks, and MDM
Timely disbursement of stipend to enrolled CWSN girls through DBT
Preparation and running of School readiness modules/Bridge course for an initial period when the schools reopen so that they can adjust to the school environment and do not feel stressed or left-out.
Identification of students across different grades based on their learning levels
Relaxing detention norms to prevent drop out this year.
Ensuring reading with comprehension and numeracy skills by encouraging children to read books beyond the syllabus and creative writing & problem-solving.
Large-scale remedial programs/Learning Enhancement programs to mitigate learning loss and inequality.
Effective utilization of the online NISHTHA training modules and online training module for Corona responsive behavior to be launched on the DIKSHA portal soon.
Use of alternative Academic Calendar prepared by NCERT for joyful engagement of children in learning.