During the live streaming of the training program, CBSE Chairman Manoj Ahuja and NCERT Director Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty will give a special speech and interact with the participating principals.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct a training program for school principals and teachers on the 'Alternative Academic Calendar'. The training program will be held on July 17. During the live streaming of the training program, CBSE Chairman Manoj Ahuja and NCERT Director Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty will give a special speech and interact with the participating principals.
NCERT had published the 'Revised Alternative Academic Calendar' on July 7. The revised academic calendar was released after rationalisation of the syllabus up to 30 percent of class 9 to 12 to reduce the course load amid the coronavirus crisis. In the revised calendar, the curriculum had been rationalised while retaining the core elements.
According to the notification released by CBSE, the topics which are deleted will still be discussed in the class so that the students can easily relate with the other topics as well, however no questions will be asked from these topics during the final examinations.
Since schools are closed and there have been no face-to-face interactions between educators and learners for almost three months, teachers may face challenges in achieving the proper learning outcomes from students. The Alternative Academic Calendar suggests various strategies to cover the rationalized topics. NCERT gave suggestions to the educators that can use social media apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, video services like YouTube, including the use of blogs to conduct activities during online classes.
NCERT wrote in the alternative curriculum document,"Given the unprecedented social distancing and home quarantines due to COVID-19, social media platforms have immense potential to contribute to teaching-learning processes. When physical access to schools and colleges are closed, we can leverage these platforms to effectively carry out academic activities in innovative ways."
The academic calendar suggests how to use technological and social media tools, strategies for reducing stress and anxiety. It also has activities related to art education, health and physical education, and reference of many learning resources along with textbooks.
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