Education Ministry releases 8-week alternative academic calendar for secondary students

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'

New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Education today released Alternative Academic Calendar (AAC), developed by NCERT, for the secondary level students for the next eight weeks.

The alternative calendar maps the themes with learning outcomes to facilitate the assessment of progress in the learning of children.

The Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’. while tweeting about alternative academic calendar wrote, “Launched the Alternative Academic Calendar (AAC) for the next 8 weeks for the secondary stage today. Alternative Academic Calendar for 12 weeks for primary & upper primary stages and AAC for secondary & higher secondary stages for 4 weeks had already been released.”

“This Calendar contains detailed guidelines for teachers on the use of technology and social media tools to impart education while the students are at home,” he further tweeted.

He said that the calendar contains guidelines to impart education while the students are at home.

The calendar caters to the need of all children including Divyang children (Children with Special Need) – link for Audio books, Radio programmes, Video programme will be included, Pokhriyal added.

The Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, on September 8, had released guidelines for the partial reopening of schools from September 21 on a voluntary basis for Classes 9 to 12.

However, as in previous calendars, the Education Ministry suggests the use of technology and social media tools to impart education to students during the lockdown.

The ministry had earlier released a 12-week alternative academic calendar for primary and upper primary students.

Schools and other education institutions were shut down on March 16 following the spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.