Long hrs of online classes may affect child’s health: Jammu education department

Directorate of School Education, Jammu, in a 14-point advisory issued during lockdown, has asked the private schools to refrain from conducting long hours of online classes regularly as it may affect the children’s health.
“We have directed all the private schools that in case of online education, they shall not take regular classes of long duration everyday which may have ill affect on the health of the children,” Anuradha Gupta, Director School Education, Jammu here told on Saturday while quoting the advisory issued to the schools.
She said the schools have been asked to devise a schedule for online, interactive classes in consultation with the representatives of Parents Associations.
Simultaneously, the Director said, all private schools have to lay down mechanism for providing education to their students through alternative methods as per the availability of facilities and the same be uploaded on their websites and shared with the directorate.
“In view of lockdown, need is felt for issuing advisory to private schools as well as parents of school going children to keep important aspects in mind while continuing with the online and distance education,” she expressed.
The Director further said that all private schools affiliated to any educational Board shall compile the data of their students who have accessibility to internet through smart phones or laptops and those who do not have access to internet facility but have TVs in their homes.
“The schools have also been told to prepare similar data in respect of students who have neither internet facility nor TV but only simple phone or don’t even have any phone,” she said.
Ms Gupta asserted that the schools have also been directed not to focus on quick completion of syllabus, adding, “the Government is seized of the extraordinary circumstances and suitable decision regarding revision of academic calendar in consultation with the concerned Boards can be considered later.”