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Govt issues new guidelines for virtual classes

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30 mins for Pre-Primary, 90 mins for Primary standard, 180 mins for 9-12th classes

SRINAGAR, JUN 1:  The government on Tuesday said that the virtual classes for Pre-Primary and Primary classes shall not exceed the time limit of 30 minutes and 90 minutes a day.

The news agency has learnt that the guidelines were issued a day after Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha directed the School Education Department to frame new virtual classes guidelines for minor students.

According to the new guidelines for the Pre-Primary students, the School Education Department has set the cap of 30 minutes a day to conduct the virtual classes. Similarly, for the students up to 8th standard, the government has said, “Online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the working days.”

The department also recommended that for the classes 9-12th, online synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than four sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the working days.

Stating the specific guidelines related to Preschool students of Grades-1 and II, the government asked the School Education Department to plan joyful learning experiences for digital and online learning as they do for face-to-face.

“Daily life experiences must be shared for enhancing their competency and interesting assignments shall be given to the children, such as listening, and reading, stories followed by activities like drawing inferences, adding or changing the climax at the end, picture reading, art and craft, puzzles, simple observation projects and learning new words,” the government said.

The School Education Department has also directed to organize brief and casual meetings with the parents and children through video conferencing occasionally and give them a chance to narrate their feelings and experiences—(KNO)


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