Schools in India cannot run online classes for longer than 90 minutes for grades 1-8 – and other guidelines to follow


  • The guidelines, called “Pragyata”, were developed by the ministry, following concerns expressed by parents about schools offering online classes like the regular school.
  • The Ministry of HRD recommended that the duration of online courses for pre-primary students not exceed 30 minutes.
  • For classes 1 to 8, the HR department recommended two online sessions of a maximum duration of 45 minutes each.
  • Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16.

The Ministry of HRD this Tuesday
announced directives for online courses by schools and recommended a cap on the length and number of sessions per day for students.

The guidelines, called “Pragyata”, were developed by the ministry, following concerns expressed by parents about schools offering online lessons like regular schools. Parents have complained about the massive increase in screen time for children after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shift from classroom teaching to online learning as schools remain closed for more. four months.

Here are some of the recommendations –

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  • The Ministry of HRD recommended that the duration of online courses for pre-primary students not exceed 30 minutes.
  • For classes 1 to 8, the HR department recommended two online sessions of a maximum duration of 45 minutes each.
  • For grades 9 to 12, four sessions lasting 30 to 45 minutes were recommended.
  • It is recommended that all schools adopt / adapt the NCERT Alternative Academic Calendar to http://ncert.nic.in/aac.html for classes 1 to 12.
  • He also stressed the need to unify all efforts related to digital or on-air education, for the benefit of schoolchildren across the country.
  • Schools should use instant messaging / discussion groups / emails to connect with parents and share important information, resources, suggestions and follow-up activities.
  • The HRD ministry also suggested that schools publish a weekly announcement and give a presentation on the topics to be covered in the coming week.
  • The ministry also recommended that teachers share electronic content with students and parents and guide them on how to use that content using the gadgets available at home.
  • Schools should occasionally provide feedback on students’ responses and performance in assigned tasks.

The guidelines include eight stages of online or digital learning: Plan, Review, Organize, Guide, Speak, Assign, Track, and Appreciate. These steps guide digital education planning and implementation step by step with examples.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of schools and affected more than 240 million children across the country who are enrolled in schools. Prolonged school closures can lead to a loss of learning, said HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

He added: “Schools will not only need to reshape and reinvent the way teaching and learning has gone so far, but will also need to introduce an appropriate method to deliver quality education through a healthy mix of home education and school education. ”

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Center announced the closure of a classroom across the country as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

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