Srinagar: The School Education Department has made it mandatory for the students to carry their parental consent for their enrollment in the remedial classes started by the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK).
The School Education Department has ordered operationalisation of the remedial classes in the erstwhile winter tutorial camps in designated schools across Kashmir in a bid to reduce the learning gap among the students and overcome the academic losses faced by the students due to prolonged closure of the schools.
In an official communication, the Chief Education Officers (CEOs) have been asked to establish winter camps for class 3rd to 8th besides Out of School Children winter tutorials for class 9th to 12th as per need and availability of “promising” teachers.
“For enrolling students in these winter initiatives, parental consent and declaration will be mandatory,” reads the communication signed by Joint Director Elementary Education.
Keeping in view the gap in learning competencies of students due to pandemics and closure of schools, the teaching and learning in these winter initiatives would be more focused on remediation to bridge learning gaps instead of completion of syllabus.
To make the initiative a success, the department is banking on the social media campaign and installing hoarding and banners outside the centres.
“It should be ensured that banners and hoardings of appropriate size are displayed outside the centres and good campaigning is done in social media about these centres for maximum outreach,” the communication reads.
The centrally located and accessible government middle, high, and higher secondary schools having adequate infrastructure or ICT facility have to be identified for the initiative after a thorough need analysis in all subject streams.
The pupil-teacher ratio in the classes has been fixed at 1:45 for classes 11th and 12th, 1:40 for classes 9th and 10th, 1:35 for class 8th, and 1:30 for classes 3rd to 7th.
“The engagement of teachers be carried out in such a way that one teacher with a minimum enrolment of 35 students for one subject is involved,” it reads.
Teachers who have to travel a long distance to reach their school have been allowed to teach in winter camps and tutorials in proximity to their residence.
“In such cases, the teachers will register their name with the ZEO in case of elementary school, a headmaster in case of a high school, and principal in case of a higher secondary school,” the communication reads.
The department has said that the teachers and school heads of the government schools deployed for these winter initiatives would be considered for incentives in terms of Rule 27 of J&K Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1979 after thorough verification from their DDOs and cross-checked by the concerned CEOs.
Also, the centres would be established on-demand from the students and parents and proper heating and seating arrangement would be made available by the school heads.
“The funds on account of heating and logistics for government schools should be borne by Samagra Shiksha JKUT while private schools should adhere to the fee structure fixed by Fee Fixation and Regulation Committee (FFRC) for the purpose,” the document reads.