The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, in association with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), has released an alternative academic calendar (AAC) for different levels of CBSE classes such as primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary. The new calendar has been released by the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
The new Alternative Academic Calendar is available in both English and Hindi language and can be accessed by parents, teachers, and students through http://ncert.nic.in/aac.html
The new initiative has been taken to ensure unhindered studies of the youngsters amid the coronavirus crisis. The schools and colleges across the country have been shut since mid-march. As students are facing obstacles to attending classes, educational institutes have decided to facilitate learning at home to make sure they don’t miss out on the syllabus.
While there are numerous social media tools to study while at home, the NCERT has “developed General Guidelines for Implementing the Weekly Plan (for four weeks) for Learners.”
The week-wise plan in the alternative academic calendar has been designed in such a way that it will help students learn at home using easy references and activities based on the chapters in the textbook. The activities are not bound by sequence
Students in Higher Secondary level (Classes XI and XII) who can easily access mobile phones are being guided through tools like WhatsApp, SMSes, and calls.