Year-end Class 1-9 exams may be cancelled for Karnataka board schools | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With the pandemic having caused massive loss of class hours, year-end exams may not be held for class 1-9 students of all schools following state board syllabus, as per a comprehensive plan on continuous learning. It will probably be unveiled this week.
The programme, Vidyagama, targeted at students of government, aided and unaided state board schools, seeks to promote guided self-learning among kids by getting every institution to set up virtual classrooms based on the geographical location of its students’ homes. It will benefit 44 lakh students of government schools and 14 lakh from aided ones. The number of students in unaided schools was not immediately available.

Mid-term exams are also likely to be cancelled, according to highlights of the Vidyagama project report accessed by TOI.
Students from classes 1-5, 6-8 and 9-10 will be grouped together in each area. A group of 20-25 children will be mentored by a teacher from the same locality. The mentors will conduct four formative assessments even if schools continue to remain closed, according to Vidyagama, which is expected to be announced by minister for primary and secondary education S Suresh Kumar this week.
It requires the mentor teacher to divide her class based on children’s accessibility to technology — students who have continuous internet facility, those with mobiles but no internet and those without any gadget. Each group will have a different mode of learning.
While teachers can reach students with internet accessibility through WhatsApp groups and recorded videos or online classes, those with mobiles will get SMSs or voice calls. For those without gadgets, parents will be asked to collect worksheets from schools and will be guided on how to assist them in self-learning. Teachers will be asked to visit homes of children at least once a week.
While the mentor teacher will conduct classes for all subjects in primary classes, in higher grades, she will teach her own subject and coordinate with other teachers for her group of children. Subject teachers have to hand over worksheets /other learning material to the mentor teacher. Meetings of the student-teacher groups will be held at community centres, religious places or under trees with social-distancing norms in place.
The headmaster of each school will be responsible for allotting mentor teachers and monitoring the system. Schools are directed to take help from the community, NGOs, volunteers or even higher grade students.
While TV classes will continue for high school students, lessons for classes 1-10 in Kannada and English medium will be recorded by experienced teachers and uploaded on YouTube channels.
The programme’s objective is to help students self-learn and to ensure they don’t depend only on gadgets or teachers. A class-wise and subject-wise ‘annual programme of work’ has been prepared at the state level to ensure uniformity in schools. It should be ensured that mid-day meal provisions reach students’ homes.
The mentor teacher also has the responsibility of enroling any out-of-school student without asking for documents. Special care will be taken for children with special needs.
While many school teachers are reaching out to their students through ‘vatara shale’ (classes in vatara, cluster of houses in a single building) to prevent a learning gap, the government’s new plan will streamline the system and ensure all schools follow suit.

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