Education Ministry writes to states, UTs with activity calendar, learning recovery plan

The Department of Education (MoE) has written to states and union territories with a learning recovery plan to ensure a continuum of learning and mitigate the impact of the pandemic. This includes financial aid to students, funds for primary school teachers to purchase tablets and Rs 20 lakh per state and union territory to conduct oral fluency (ORF) research.

“A comprehensive Learning Recovery Plan (LRP) has been prepared outlining the action to be taken by each stakeholder, an indicative annual calendar of activities, existing interventions that can be used and additional support with funding as a one-off measure.

“To mitigate the impact of the pandemic, it is imperative to have an urgent and appropriate strategy to ensure a continuum of learning. We have taken a multi-pronged and holistic approach to ensure children receive appropriate support,” the ministry said in a letter to states and union territories.

The states have been asked to include in their annual work plans and budgets interventions such as financial aid of Rs 500 per head for all upper primary and secondary students, Rs 10,000 per head for 25 lakh primary school teachers for tablets, funds for ORF study, financial aid of Rs 6.40 lakh one-time and Rs 2.40 lakh recurring costs including for tablets for ICT facility in each block resource center (BRC) and Rs 1,000 per cluster resource center (CRC) as mobility support as part of the learn recovery plan.

Identify and locate out-of-school children and dropouts from each class, ensure implementation of bridging courses and school readiness module
for secondary classes, clustering of schools with private schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas or Navodaya Vidyalayas to learn from each other, creating a district-wise strategy for post-National Achievement Survey (NAS) interventions based on results are among the activities listed in the academic calendar by the ministry with defined timelines.

The activity calendar also includes preparing and deploying customized teacher training programs, ensuring the provision of textbooks and uniforms, and tracking each child through the creation of a school-level child registrar available down to the district level.

Sajal Jain
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