The Union education ministry has issued guidelines for identification, admission and continued education of the migrant children in view of the COVID19 pandemic situation.

To mitigate the impact of COVID19 on Out of School children, it was felt necessary for every state/UT to devise a strategy to prevent dropouts, lower enrolments, loss of learning and deterioration in the gains made in providing universal access, quality and equity in recent years.

To ensure that school-going children have access to education with quality and equity and to minimize the impact of pandemic on school education across India, the education ministry has prepared and issued detailed guidelines on steps to be taken by the states and UTs.

The steps will have to be taken both during school closure and when the schools re-open.

The main features of the guidelines are:

Continued Education for Out of School Children (OoSC) and Children with Special Needs (CWSN):

Continuation of non-residential training for identified Out of School children through volunteers, local teachers and community participation.

Continuation of home-based education for CWSN children through Volunteers/ Special Educators.

Identifying Out of School children:

States and UTs to carry out proper identification of OoSC for 6 to 18 years age group through a comprehensive door to door survey and prepare action plan for their enrolment

Enrolment drives and awareness generation:

Enrolment drives may be undertaken at the beginning of academic year such as Praveshotsav, School Chalo Abhiyan, etc.

Undertake awareness generation among parents and community for enrolling and attendance of children, create awareness on practicing 3 Corona appropriate behaviors – wear mask, six-feet distance and washing hands with soap for which IEC material, shared on November 6, 2020 with the states & UTs.

Student Support while Schools are closed:

 Students to be provided support including counseling, large scale awareness & targeted home visits;

Use of Manodarpan web portal and tele-counseling number for counseling services and psycho-social support;

Distribution of educational material and resources, supplementary graded material, workshops, worksheets etc to support home-based education.

Exploring option of classroom on wheels and classes in small groups at village level

Increasing the access of children to online/digital resources, TV Radio etc. to reduce learning loss;

Ensuring easy and timely access to the provisions of uniforms, textbooks and MDM;

Timely disbursement of stipend to enrolled CWSN girls through DBT;

Strengthening of child protection mechanism at local level;

Student support on school reopening:

Preparation and running of school readiness modules/Bridge course for initial period when the schools re-open so that they can adjust to the school environment and do not feel stressed or left-out.

Identification of students across different grades based on their learning levels;

Relaxing detention norms to prevent drop out this year;

Ensuring reading with comprehension and numeracy skills by encouraging children to read books beyond syllabus and creative writing & problem solving;

Large-scale remedial programmes/Learning Enhancement programmes to mitigate learning loss and inequality.

Teacher Capacity Building:

Effective utilization of the online NISHTHA training modules and online training module for Corona responsive behavior to be launched on DIKSHA portal soon;

Use of alternative Academic Calendar prepared by NCERT for joyful engagement of children in learning.

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