Srinagar, June 23: The School Education Department (SED) has resumed community classes for the students across Kashmir.
This comes in the wake of significant improvement in the situation and decrease in Covid-19 positive cases across Kashmir.
Following the instructions of the Principal Secretary SE the district education authorities in Baramulla have issued circular instructions to the heads of the schools to conduct open air classes for the students at the community level.
The district administration Baramulla has also convened a meeting on June 21 in this regard and issued instructions to the district education authorities regarding the establishment of open air classes at the community level.
“In compliance with the government order, permission is granted for conducting open air classes to cover the unreached students,” reads a circular issued by CEO Baramulla.
The CEO Baramulla has also instructed the Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) to establish the community centres within three days with intimation to the CEO office.
“The successful accomplishment of community classes during last year especially encompassing underprivileged and nomadic communities of over 30,000 to 50,000 students who received academic and psychological support from 450 community schooling centres established across the district,” the circular reads.
The initiative of holding community classes was taken by the teachers of Baramulla district and the administration had received appreciation from NITI Ayog for taking the alternate initiative to compensate academic losses of the students.
“It is as such expected that the teaching fraternity will maintain the same tempo this year as well,” the circular reads.
The government had earlier put on hold community classes amid the major spike in the Covid-19 positive cases reported from J&K on a daily basis. Given the improvement in the situation, the government approved holding of open air community classes for the students who are not available for online classes through any of the digital platforms used by the teachers.
The open air community classes according to the circular would be a parallel hybrid learning exercise to supplement the existing Learning Management System (LMS) and in no way it would replace the online mode of teaching.
However, the teachers continue to complain about the inconveniences faced by the teachers while submitting the online classes through LMS citing the technical snags in the application introduced by the department.
“It is time consuming and does not remain in order 24×7. A major chunk of students do not avail the benefit of online classes because of the technical glitches in LMS,” a teacher said.
The CEO Baramulla in a circular has however said that the community classes should be prioritised for those children who are not connected through online classes.