Gujarat education dept to broadcast lessons through private TV channel

The education institutes in the state have been closed down for two weeks since March 16 as a precautionary measure to curtail COVID-19.

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In order to compensate for the lost teaching hours in over 33,000 government primary schools in the state, the Gujarat education department has decided to start live and recorded lessons for Class VI-VIII through a private television channel from Wednesday. The education institutes in the state have been closed down for two weeks since March 16 as a precautionary measure to curtail COVID-19. Also, for revision ahead of the annual examinations, nearly 1.5 lakh government primary teachers will reach out to all individual students and hand over worksheets, all 51 weekly tests periodical assessment tests and their answer sheets conducted in the second semester to Class III to VIII students.

During this process of door-to-door reaching out to students starting Wednesday, these teachers will also publicise and make the beneficiaries aware about this initiative of lessons to be taught through television. While talks are almost final with a Gujarati channel for telecast rights for two hours between 2 to 4 pm daily from March 18-29, other implementation details are being worked out in meetings by senior officials of the state education department. Instructions are likely to be passed to all district education officers by later in the day today.

This year, the state education department had also announced to introduce a major change from academic session 2020-21. Unlike the usual practice of starting from June, it will start from the month of April. The state education department had earlier announced the annual examinations for primary classes to start from March 26. Tentatively these are re-scheduled on March 30 now. Nearly ten scheduled teaching days are lost due to this shut down

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