Delhi DoE chalks out two-phase plan to bridge competency gaps caused amid Covid

Delhi Directorate of Education (DoE) has put in place a two-stage plan to bridge competency gaps due to COVID-19 in grades 3 to 9 students from the start of the new session next month.

The new academic session in Delhi government schools will begin from April 1, and it would be the first time students physically attend the new session following a string of coronavirus lockdowns over the past two years, the DoE said in a statement.

Director of Education Himanshu Gupta met with all Deputy Directors of Education (DDEs) and Head of Schools (HoSs) of government schools in Delhi and instructed them to focus solely on emotional wellbeing and fundamental skills in the first quarter of session 2022-23 for students in grades 3-9.

The DoE has prepared a two-stage action plan to bridge the competency gap among the students, the statement said. Explaining the rationale of the approach, Gupta said the classroom syllabus would be brought back to give every child the opportunity to not only rebuild their fundamental competencies, but also build conceptual clarity before tackling substantive topics.

Teachers will be specially trained to address children’s learning-related problems in the new session and to implement the two-stage plan in schools. A weekly review will be conducted by the Director of Education to assess the implementation of the plan, the statement said.

The plan includes two hours of daily lessons in Delhi government schools for Happiness and Mathematics curriculum and basic reading lessons under Mission Buniyaad in the new session. A Mega PTM will be organized in the first week of April to inform parents about Mission Buniyaad and to ensure regular attendance of children.

During the meeting, Director of Education Gupta, Chief Advisor to Director of Education Shailendra Sharma and Additional Director (School) Rita Sharma discussed the detailed action plan with colleges and teachers.

Shailendra Sharma emphasized the need to teach students at the level they are currently at, rather than imposing the syllabus. The focus in schools would be on basic reading, writing and math skills under Mission Buniyaad so that a strong foundation is laid for the students.

Sajal Jain
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