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Monday, January 18, 2021



The Gujarat Education Department has decided to start virtual classrooms soon in government primary schools in view of the uncertainty over the start of the new academic session, which has been delayed for more than a month due to the Kovid-1p epidemic.

The department has issued guidelines to all government primary schools on the implementation of virtual classrooms, following the launch of the ‘Study from Home’ campaign through social media and lessons through television channels. About 48,000 teachers of these schools will be trained from May 1, for which District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs), Administrative Officers (AOs) and District Project Coordinators (DOs) will be trained. PCC has compiled a list of 1 "innovative tech-savvy" teachers. In every 3,245 clusters.

These are the teachers who created and created groups of students to guide through assignments for assignments under the Study Home Project.

State Project Director (SPD) Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan said, "There is no certainty and the idea of ​​creating virtual classrooms like in private schools has been initiated to prepare our teachers and students for any future situation." (SSA) P Bharti.

Training sessions will be conducted at Teachers, Principals, Cluster Resource Center (CRC) Coordinator, Block Resource Center (BRC) Coordinator as well as District Employees as well as Command and Control Center (CCC) for capacity building on various aspects. Virtual classes, assessments, feedback, reporting and monitoring.

Cluster wise channels will be created under the micro .ft teams and the CRC co-ordinators provided by the state education department under the CCC will oversee the program in each school under their cluster. They must ensure that all identified teachers are registered and their micro .ft teams user IDs are created.

More than 2 lakh licenses have been purchased from Micro .ft for virtual classrooms. Teachers will reach out to parents and students of 34,000 government primary schools and M.S. Teams will be registered. When registering, teachers must ensure that students have access to a smart phone, computer, laptop or tablet. Each teacher will teach a group of 30 students under their respective clusters in a virtual classroom session.

With the issue of availability of internet connectivity, smart phone or computer, SPD P Bharti admitted that it would not reach every student. “These virtual classrooms may not reach 100 percent of the students but we will try to cover as many schools and students as possible,” he said. The eight-week-long 'Study from Home' campaign, which started on March 28, has reached out to more than 4.3 million government school students in grades 3 to 9 through social media. Figures as of April 20 indicate that 66 per cent of government school students are involved in the campaign.

“Every registered student will be given a unique user ID based on the ID provided by his Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) department. Students can use this to log in to attend sessions, ”said the CRC Coordinator. Teachers will create a schedule of virtual class sessions and share it with students and parents on WhatsApp groups. The CRC will maintain a record of teachers' online teaching sessions and monitor student attendance. The CRC will then report on progress in the SSA.

Chudasama said the state government could not remain a silent spectator in such a situation. The education department has been asked to communicate with the officials of the Board of Education to set up ball rolling. Online education will also be imparted to English medium students through television channels.

However, it is not clear from the official conversation of the state government whether online classes will also be taken for CBSE students. In response to a question on this, Primary and Secondary Education Secretary Vinod Rao told WEK that procedures are being worked on.

Following the restrictions imposed following the outbreak of COVD-19, the state government is imparting online education to Gujarati medium students from Class IX to Class IX through television channels.

Mahamandal president Naranbhai Patel claimed that more than 90 per cent of non-aided schools did not conduct online classes on Thursday. He said he was ready to negotiate with the government to find a solution.

However, development experts feel that the task of providing classes will not be easy as the teaching staff varies from school to school.


In addition to instructing schools not to charge fees until the schools resume, the state government also directed them not to increase fees for the academic year 2020-21.

The Gujarat High Court recently asked the state government to take some action with the schools regarding the fees.

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