New Delhi May 31, 2020: The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal launched ‘Parenting in the time of Corona’ on 4th April, 2020 giving a call of “Every home a school, every parent a teacher”. As a result, over the next few weeks, Delhi Government introduced 5 different interventions for children across different grades between KG to Class 12. These interventions impacted nearly 9 lakh children of Delhi Government schools.
Today, on the concluding day of these interventions, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, along with Director Education, Shri Binay Bhushan, Education Advisor, Shri Shailendra Sharma & Dr.Saroj Sain, Addl. Director (School) conducted final review with Key stakeholders. The stakeholders included children who attended these classes, their parents, teachers, officers and external partners.
“This is perhaps the first time in our country that new academic session started during lockdown. It was challenging, at first, to conduct online classes with the help of digital technologies in these extraordinary times. We had never used such technologies at this scale before. But now as we have reached the concluding session of ‘Parenting in times of Corona’, it is important for all of us to review our learning and experiences,” said Shri Manish Sisodia
“We plan to track the students on a weekly basis from now onwards till they are back in school fully”, added the Director Education, Shri. Binay Bhushan
Shailendra Sharma, Principal Advisor to Director, Education explained about these five programs which are:
1. Live online classes for Class 11 students,
2. Everyday English and personality development for classes 10 and 12 students
3. Online maths classes for class 9 students
4. Digital Entrepreneurship Mindset classes for students of 9 to 12
5. SMS/IVR enabled activity classes for KG to 8 through parents.
Apart from these programs for children, 15 sessions of “Online Happiness class for family” was also organized during the same period viewed on an average by 40,000 people every day.”
The details of each program are:
*Live Online Classes- for students of Class 11*
Launched on 6th April in partnership with the Career Launcher, for class 11 students, 85% students registering this class. The maximum attendance recorded was for English class with 60,500 students logging in, as per the data recorded by the DoE. These classes concluded on 30th May 2020. Through these classes, the Education department claims to have secured more than 10 hours of extra teaching learning activities than it would would do in normal classroom setting.
“Earlier in our regular classes, we did not have the option to go back to the topics already covered but now in online classes these topics are recorded and can be watched again for a better understanding of the chapters/topics,” said Diya Jain, a student of RPVV Gandhi Nagar.
Annie, another student of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Najafgarh added that there are two teachers in every online class and the medium of teaching is both Hindi and English. “We easily get our doubts cleared as we raise it in the chat boxes and I would like the online classrooms to continue,” she said.
*Everyday English and personality development classes in partnership with British Council for students of Class 10 and 12*
Maximum attendance recorded on any particular day of this online class was 83,545. These classes were launched on May 4, 2020 by the Delhi Govt. in partnership with British Council and MacMillian Education to provide an opportunity to acquire new skills for the students waiting to complete their board exams. The cycle of 30 sessions will conclude on June 2, 2020.
Most popular activities among children in these online classes were Sunday grammar games & worksheets, Sports and hobbies activities, Making Friends and Media literacy.
Between first and second assessment, conducted at an interval of 10 days, the proportion of students scoring more than 70% increased from 29% to 41%.
*Online Maths classes in collaboration with Khan Academy*
Around 1.75 lakh students of Class 9 accessed the Maths lessons assisted by 1015 teachers who were oriented by Khan Academy to guide the students of their respective schools. The online maths classes were launched on 27th April, 2020 and concluded on 29th May, 2020.
These 90 minutes class spread over three days a week for new and old batch of class 9 students. 7 topics on foundational maths for new batch and 4 topics of practice for old batch were offered in a month long cycle.
Asked whether online class is his preference or learning, Rajat, a student of RPVV Yamuna Vihar, replied that “school has its own charm” but online is “good support”.
*Digit Entrepreneurship Mindset class for Std 9 to 12 students*
Around 45,000 students have participated in the 10 activities on 5 themes- creativity, self awareness, managing fear, dream big and decision making shared. Besides, two live interactions with accomplished entrepreneurs have also been organized and two more scheduled for 3rd and 10th June 2020
*Mission Buniyaad, Happiness and inputs to parents through SMS & IVR to parents of classes KG to 8*
Launched on 2nd April and concluded on 31st May, 25 IVR based activities each for Mission Buniyaad and Happiness and 52 inputs to parents shared with nearly 5.7 lakh students. These activities ranged from building reading, writing and numeracy skills to self reflection, critical thinking and responding to lockdown situation.
Manish Sisodia also spoked with children and their parents over phone and asked about their favorite activities and how they conducted these activities.
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