Govt to Start Community Schooling For Unreached Students

Govt to start community schooling for unreached students.

The government Monday asked school authorities of the Kashmir division to commence community schooling for the Unreached students.

The School Education Department in this regard issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to begin with the community schooling.

Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), Tassaduq Hussain Mir said that the initiative needs to be carried out with active support of local community without compromising on prescribed COVID-19 SOPs notified by World Health Organization (WHO) and the government of Jammu and Kashmir from time to time.

Mir in the circular issued on Monday said the online classes should continue for the connected children through Learning Management System (LMS) or Real Time Video Conferencing Applications, conference calls etcetera.

“Community schooling being a pure community intervention and therefore for the ownership of the initiative, a local committee needs to be framed per community school comprising of Parents, VEC members, SMC members and other prominent persons headed by senior HOIs from the habitation , village or Mohalla for monitoring, mentoring, hand holding and support of the Community School,” it reads.

It also states that the community school should invariably function in the open area or ground where the students can sit almost two meters apart from each other.  And in case of non-availability of such space, staggered schedule or shift timings and student rotation can be an option.

“Students should be protected from weather adversaries especially from sun stroke and rain drenching and the community classes should be conducted within the notified syllabus prescribed by JKBOSE or CBSE for all Children,” reads the circular.

It reads that the staff, teachers and students who are at high risk due to age or underlying medical conditions should continue with online education from home rather than going for community schooling.

“Sick students should be isolated without creating a stigma and community school authorities should limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups in the community school,” the circular reads.

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