HRD Issues Guidelines For Online Classes, Suggests Cap on Screen Time

The HRD Ministry has announced a guideline called ‘Pragyata’, which details limits concerning online class duration for students of all standards. ‘Pragyata’, which lists guidelines on online education, aims to assist students, school heads, teachers, and parents with e-learning.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all schools have been closed, and this has impacted more than 240 million children across the world. Prolonged school closures might lead to loss of learning. Though the government has eased restrictions to a large extent, schools and colleges continue to stay closed due to the fear of COVID-19.

The government has formulated the guidelines amid concerns raised by parents regarding increased screen time of their children due to online schooling. As per the instructions mentioned on ‘Pragyata’, the government has recommended a 30-minute online session, at most for pre-primary students.

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The government has recommended two online sessions of maximum 45 minutes each for classes between 1 and 8. Four sessions of maximum 30 to 45 minutes duration have been approved for classes between 9 and 12.

The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal mentioned that for reducing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools would not only have to reimagine how teaching and learning have taken place so far but will also need to put in place an effective method of providing quality education via a balanced combination of schooling at home and school. He also mentioned that the guidelines had been formulated with a focus on digital education concerning students who are at home.

The guidelines have been set up from the learners’ point of view, with a focus on digital education concerning students who are currently at home as a result of the lockdown. These guidelines on online education provide a roadmap or guidance for the advancement of online education to improve the quality of education.

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