The chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir, AK Mehta, said on Monday that the educational institutions should build on the experience of online classes and adopt an ideal mix of IT-based offline education curriculum to boost student learning. Students resumed offline classes in many districts of the Jammu region on Monday after authorities ordered a phased reopening of educational institutions across the Union Territory.
Students from grades 9 to 12, dressed in uniforms and with vaccination certificates, were seen crowding schools in the morning, officials said. Mehta, who chaired a meeting to take stock of the arrangements for the reopening of educational institutions and the resumption of offline teaching in UT, said the 2022-23 academic session will be the year of educational transformation for Jammu and kashmir.
Mehta asked the officials to ensure proper maintenance, maintenance and cleanliness in educational institutions, in addition to electricity and water supply. “Institutions should build on the experience of online classes and adopt an ideal mix of IT-based offline teaching curriculum to improve students’ learning outcomes and successfully train them for national-level exams,” he said.
He emphasized that the heads of the institutions themselves are responsible for Covid control and a healthy learning environment. “There should be no tolerance for unhealthy activities in learning places.” The chief secretary said the COVID-19 positivity rate in the UT has been capped at 0.7 percent and has urged heads of all educational institutions to remain vigilant for signs of infection, especially among unvaccinated students, in addition to ensuring compliance with the Covid management protocol. Mehta asked vice chancellors of universities, directors of colleges and heads of schools to submit Covid prevention and mitigation plans within two days, taking into account the capacity of the classrooms, the staggered curriculum, the Covid protocol, vaccination, screening and emergency SoP, an official statement said. †
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