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Citing non-adherence of Covid-19 protocols, School Edu Dept orders withholding student assignments

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Srinagar, Mar 29: The School Education Department on Monday said it has decided to withhold assessment of students in educational establishments in view of non-adherence of COVID-19 protocols by some schools in Valley.

The news agency has learnt that some schools in Kashmir division were not following the recommended COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against which the directions of withholding of assessment among the students in schools was ordered.

Meanwhile, Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Mohammad Younis Malik in this regard issued an order, asking the Heads of all Educational institutions to observe COVID-19 protocol and follow the instructions issued by the government from time to time.

“It has come to the notice of this directorate that some schools are not following the requisite SOPs while conducting the periodical assessment,” Malik said in an order.

He also said that in light of the COVID-19 SOPs and guidelines for Health and Safety protocols for reopening of the schools and learning with physical, social distancing, it is again reiterated that assessment plans may be prepared along with rubrics.

DSEK’s assessment plan

The formats for periodic test, midterm and final exams may be designed as per the demand of the situation and keeping in view the number of days and adjusted curriculum.

The school should not plan any assessment of student learning in the first two three weeks of reopening of schools in order to ensure emotional well being of the students.

Non-stressing assessments may be planned to identify the learning gaps that is to find out how much the students have learned during home based schoolings.

Assessments in the form of role plays, choreography, class quiz, puzzles and games, brochure designing, presentation journals and portfolios may be preferred over routine pen-paper testing. The above instructions shall be strictly adhered to until the commencement of the Term-I assessment. (KNO)


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