According to the latest announcements as on Monday, 18 May 2020, the government of Punjab has taken the decision of broadcasting the curriculum of the state-run schools on the DD Punjabi channel. With all the educational institutions like schools and colleges closed down since the mid-March due to the unforeseen outbreak of the coronavirus and global pandemic COVID 19, the nation has been brought to a standstill. With the academics on an indefinite pause, and the lockdown stretching over its fourth phase, the students are likely to lose touch of the studies. This initiative has been taken by the Punjab government in order to ensure that the students do not suffer from the lockdown and get affected academically.
Government Issues Detailed Guidelines For Curriculum Broadcast
The government has also meticulously scheduled the class timings for students belonging to each class. An education programme had already been made available for the benefit of students of classes 7th and 8th already on DTH platforms from 20 April 2020 by the school education department. Starting from 19 May, the timing of the telecast for the class 9 students starts at 9 am and will end at 11: 15 am. This will be followed by the telecast for the class 10 students, starting from 11:15 am to 1:45 pm. Subsequently, the primary classes, 3, 4 and 5 will have their telecast scheduled from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm, according to the latest update from the government.
The District Education Officers and heads of schools have already been intimated about this by the Director of Education. The school heads will have to then ensure that the teachers also watch these programs and will have to collect feedback on these programs on a daily basis from them. The teachers, in turn, will have to pass down the information regarding the schedule and timetable for these programs to the students and maintain individual communication with each of the students. The students are to be motivated to indulge in these activities and effectively utilize the free time to make up for the loss of classes.
Parents Get Relief On The Fee Payment Front
The Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla had earlier said the schools conducting online classes would be allowed to only charge tuition fees from the students for the lockdown period. No other additional fee, like bus fees, uniform fees, or sports fees, can be taken from students. However, the schools that are not conducting online classes cannot charge any type of fee from the students. This has come as a huge relief for the parents.
With the government taking this noteworthy initiative, it is now essential that the parents motivate the kids to pursue their lessons through the DD broadcast as well as with the help of online classes. Schools in the state will continue to remain closed as the lockdown has been extended further.