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PRAGYATA - Guidelines on Digital Education

  • Category
    Governance
  • Published
    20th Jul, 2020

Recently the Ministry of Human Resource Development has released PRAGYATA - Guidelines on Digital Education through online medium

Context

Recently the Ministry of Human Resource Development has released PRAGYATA - Guidelines on Digital Education through online medium

About

  • The guidelines have been prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
  • These are only advisory in nature and state governments can formulate their own rules, based on local needs.
  • It will help in mitigating the CoVID -19 pandemic impact that has led to the closure of schools and has impacted the learning of over 240 million children of the country who are enrolled in schools.
  • The guidelines have been developed from the perspective of learners, with a focus on online/blended/digital education for students who are presently at home due to lockdown.
  • These guidelines on Digital/ Online Education will provide a roadmap or pointers for carrying forward online education to enhance the quality of education.
  • The guidelines stress upon the use of an alternative academic calendar of NCERT, for both, learners having access to digital devices and learners having limited or no access.
  • The PRAGYATA guidelines include eight steps of online/ digital learning that is, Plan- Review- Arrange- Guide- Yak(talk)- Assign- Track- Appreciate. These steps guide the planning and implementation of digital education step by step with examples.
  • The guidelines outline suggestions for administrators, school heads, teachers, parents, and students in the following areas:
    • Need assessment
    • Concerns while planning online and digital education like duration, screen time, inclusiveness, balanced online and offline activities, etc., level-wise
    • Modalities of intervention including resource curation, level-wise delivery, etc.
    • Physical, mental health, and wellbeing during digital education
    • Cyber safety and ethical practices including precautions and measures for maintaining cyber safety
    • Collaboration and convergence with various initiatives

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