The admissions for children under socially and economically disadvantaged groups under Right to Education (RTE) is likely to be further delayed in Gujarat as the government has to issue the mandatory caste and income certificates. Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama tells RITU SHARMA in an interview that the state government cannot risk the health of applicants and authorities issuing these certificates as maintaining social distancing will be an issue.
Post Covid-19, (rather we say living with COVID), we expect technology-enabled learning to be the future, the role of teachers will see a major shift from instructor to facilitator and mentor, schools will have to play an important role to educate students and society to create awareness on how to live with COVID and schools will have to ensure the periodic assessments to evaluate the home learning solutions for its effectiveness and learning levels of students since assessment and exams are an integral part of learning processes.
Also, a new academic calendar may be developed for this year to ensure appropriate learning in accordance with academic days available in line with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT’s) new academic calendar.
Let us wait for the Central Government guidelines in association with ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) and issue a policy for the commencement of educational institutes physically. Based on the guidelines, we will announce the date in consultation with the state health department.