Ever since the nationwide lockdown has come into effect, the government authorities are trying their best to maintain continuity in the flow of information. In this series, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been conducting a series of live webinars with different stakeholders. He previously webinars with students as well as head of the schools.
This time the minister conducted a Live Webinar with teachers on 14th May 2020, starting from 12.00 noon. As the announcement for the webinar had been made a few days in advance, questions and inputs were invited from teachers regarding the same. He tweeted that, “Teachers, I am sure you are doing your best to ensure a smooth learning experience for your students during the #lockdown. Let’s talk about it.” He further added, “I would love to address your queries too. Have you shared them yet?”
Now that the webinar as concluded, let’s have a look at the key highlights of the live webinar conducted for teachers on 14th May 2020:-
- The HRD Minister thanked the teachers during the webinar for taking upon the challenging task of imparting education to crores of students across the country. He said that this effort becomes more important as all the schools and educational institutions have been closed due to the nationwide lockdown.
- He further commended the teachers for their role in continuing education during lockdown by adding that, “In such a time, it is our teachers who have given us mental strength. We have used all the resources at hand to bring education and educational resources online to make it easier for students.”
- He conveyed to the teachers that education s not just about imparting bookish knowledge but also moral knowledge that can channelize the minds of the students and turn them into complete individuals.
- Teachers asked that how can they conduct 4 hours of online classes after evaluating answer sheets. The minister replied that the evaluation process has started in certain regions. But teachers who are appointed for evaluation of answer sheets will not be assigned any other duty. Otherwise they can inform the authorities, if such a situation arises.
- The minister also informed that the answer sheets are being delivered at the homes of teachers in order to ensure that the process of evaluation continues during the lockdown as well.
- He also informed the audience that a timeline of 50 days has been set for completion of the evaluation of answer sheets for CBSE Exams. After the evaluation is complete, the result will be declared soon after that.
- On a question that when will schools reopen, the minister replied that the lives of the teachers and students are more important. He said that problems are being worked out because “How will a classroom be able to hold 40 students if social distancing is carried out?”.
- The decision to re-open the schools will be taken by a UGC Task Force which will decide how and when to reopen the schools and colleges. He further informed that NCERT has also been asked to formulate guidelines for the academics.
- Mr. Nishank expressed his views that he never thought that education in India would go completely online. He said, “We never thought we will face a situation where we will need to bring education online all over the country.”
- He announced the LEAP program through which principals, headmasters, and administrators can boost their leadership skills. This will answer all the queries as well as fill the gaps in their existing knowledge.