NEW DELHI :
New Delhi: With schools shut to curb the spread of covid-19, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government on Monday announced that all students from nursery to class eight will be promoted without exams.
The government has also planned to hold classes for school students where assignments will be sent through phone messages and interactive voice recordings (IVR) for students of nursery up to class eight. For students of class 12 and 10, the government will hold two online classes a day.
The new session of schools is scheduled to begin in April. However, the entire country is under a lockdown to limit the spread of covid-19 until 14 April. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia held a joint press conference to announce the governments plan. Exams in Delhi government schools first postponed due to riots in the city and then due to the lockdown.
“We are worried about the education of our children during this time. The government has made a plan for students," chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio said that the government has decided to promote students till class eight under the no-detention policy.
“We have decided that students from nursery to class eight have not been able to give their exams. Under Right to Education Act, they will be promoted to the next class," Sisodia said.
The government has decided to give students of class 10 and 12 an allowance to purchase data on their phones to continue their classes.
“These students should not stop learning, through parents, teachers and technology we are working on a plan. After consultation, we have decided that students till class eight we will send an activity to the parent through SMS and IVR. These activities will be recorded in their notebooks and internal assessment will be done," Sisodia added.
The government has also asked teachers to stay in touch with students on call. Students who have to go to class 11, the government is waiting for board results to come.
“Online classes will be started for class 12 students. They will be sent a registration link through sms and each day two classes will happen. We will give students money to buy data package. This will first be started for class 12 and then soon after for class 10. If needed, we will also start education through a specialised channel," he added.