In order to ensure continuum of learning and mitigate the impact of the Covid pandemic, the ministry of education has written to states and Union territories about its plan to ensure learning recovery.
The plan includes financial support to students, funds for primary school teachers to purchase tablets and Rs 20 lakh per state/UT to conduct oral reading fluency (ORF) study.
Moreover, the ministry at the Covid public health response media briefing of the health ministry said 11 states and UTs have reopened schools. It also shared the vaccination status of teaching and non-teaching staff in the states/UTs.
In its letter to the education secretaries and SCERTs of the states and UTs, the MoE said: “A comprehensive learning recovery plan (LRP) has been prepared, which delineates the action to be undertaken by each stakeholder, indicative annual calendar of activities, existing interventions which can be utilised and additional support with funding as a one-time measure. ”
The states and UTs while preparing their State Annual Work Plan & Budget 2022-23 are being asked to include interventions such as financial support of Rs 500 per student for all students at upper primary and secondary levels, Rs 10,000 per teacher for tablets for the 25 lakh teachers at the primary level, funds for ORF study, financial support of Rs 6.40 lakh non-recurring and Rs 2.40 lakh recurring cost including for tablets for ICT facility in each Block Resource Centres (BRCs) and Rs 1,000 per Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs) as mobility support for visit by CRCs to provide support during the pandemic as part of the learning recovery plan.
Meanwhile, the ministry at the health ministry’s media briefing stated that the school reopening guidelines or SoPs were reviewed in the light of the various orders issued by the MHA from time to time and extensive Covid-19 vaccination coverage, including teaching and non-teaching staff working in schools and other educational institutions.
The MoE also stated that there are 16 states and UTs where schools are partially reopened and nine of the schools are yet to reopen. While six states and UTs have 100% vaccinated teachers and five have 100% vaccinated non-teaching staff, 25 states and UTs have over 96% of teaching and 93% of non-teaching vaccinated staff.
(This is a slightly modified version of an article originally published in Times of India. The original article can be found at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/plan-for-educational-continuity-amid-covid-disruptions/articleshow/89332040.cms)