Tuesday, August 16, 2022

NBSE suggests measures to mitigate loss of learning

Nagaland Board of School Education (NBSE) has informed all heads of schools registered with NBSE that over two years, due to the pandemic, there has been a disruption in the education system and an increase in disparity in teaching and learning process.
According to a DIPR report, NBSE said the efforts put in by schools to ensure learning takes place through digital means were laudable, however, this it said, was “a poor substitute for in-person learning.”
Pointing out that school closures have also imperilled children’s overall well-being and development, the board said the future of many may be at stake and that this was the time to act fast.
In this regard, schools have been encouraged to take suggested measures/interventions including—foundational literacy as envisaged in the NEP 2020 to be enforced in schools; remedial classes (to intervene and plan strategies to mitigate learning losses that happened). In this regard, schools have been advised to start remedial classes/teaching from Class V onwards.
Schools can identify and work on allotting additional classes/extended hours to remediate learning loss and to enable the teachers to rebuild the core concepts; teachers will need to prepare themselves, in a way they can provide supportive learning environment that focuses not only on cognitive domain but also on addressing students’ health and psychosocial and emotional wellbeing.
Schools have been asked to counsel students on mental and emotional health or well-being wherever necessary; to focus on strengths of students rather than weaknesses, connecting their school work to something they are passionate about, valuing their efforts and assisting them in better understanding.
The board has informed schools to introduce after-school classes or supplemental assignments or a mix of classroom teaching and self-study through blended learning to strengthen basic concepts and topics covered; developing and dissemination of common class-wise weekly plan of learning and assessment by teachers to give more systematic support to students, keeping in mind slow learners and providing special attention to such students.
Accordingly, teachers may prepare class-wise materials like teaching-learning materials, workbooks, worksheets, and activity-based materials to ensure continuity in retention, transition, and learning. NBSE also informed that children with special needs should be given due attention and their varied needs should be addressed; schools should also connect and work together with parents to address the needs of students.
“The plan of action to be undertaken by the schools should be disseminated to the parents so that parents can play a supportive role in the education of their children”, the board stated.
In this regard, schools have been reminded to ensure that students receive “effective remedial learning and support”, in order to recover from the negative impact of the pandemic and improve their overall welfare.

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