‘Conduct catch-up course in schools’

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Patna: With a focus to bridge the learning deficit of conventional subjects caused due to Covid-19 induced lockdown previous year, the state education department has directed district education officers (DEOs) to ensure all schools conduct the catch-up course for Class II to X for the academic session 2022-23. This course will be more beneficial for those students who could not attend online classes because of lack of facilities, said officials.

Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), in association with State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and UNICEF- Bihar, had designed the study material for students while covering the important topics and training module for teachers in 2021. However, due to the second wave of Covid-19, the catch-up classes could not be conducted previous year. Under this course, students will be taught the syllabi of their previous as well as current classes to compensate the learning loss.

The Bihar Education Project Council’s state project director Shrikant Shastri said the study material for the catch-up classes is available on e-Library of Teachers and Students (e-LoTS), a mobile application and web portal, which provides e-books, study materials and audio-video classes to ensure continuous learning for kids at homes on smart phones. He has also directed the district education officers and DPOs (Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan) regarding the course.

Shastri, in a letter issued to the officials, said teachers of Class II to X of all the districts were given training to conduct catch-up courses in schools last year.

“However, due to second and third waves of the pandemic and panchayat elections, the classes could not be conducted in schools. To make-up the academic losses, catch-up course is to be conducted in the current session (2022-23). Therefore, the officials have to ensure the conduct of courses in all the schools of their district with the commencement of the academic session 2022-23. Along with this, instructions have also been given to monitor the entire process at district and block level,” he said.

Through the three-month catch-up classes, the academic loss incurred last year will be compensated and the incomplete syllabus of the previous session will also be completed, he added.