By: Bhat Imran
Srinagar: Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the students of most of the government schools have not borrowed the books from libraries of their respective intuitions, Ministry of Education (MoE) said.
The official documents of MoE for Government of India (GoI) reads that the books in most of the government schools have remained unborrowed by the students during the pandemic.
“It has been noticed that though most schools now have libraries, the books remain unborrowed during the pandemic,” MoE said.
The MoE directed the concerned authorities to ensure the books are reaching at homes of the students of government schools.
“Authorities must ensure that each and every library book in the school reaches the homes of children—at least one new book a month so that the children get into the habit of reading.”
The MoE also said that the teachers can review the knowledge acquired either online or when the schools reopen.
“With the present COVID wave, that is more virulent and faster spreading, an urgent need was felt to plan for the challenges ahead and prepare to make progress for the sake of students, parents, community and all stakeholders involved in this pursuit,” MoE said in a Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting.
“Hence, taking a holistic view, the Department has prepared a comprehensive COVID response document consolidating all the previous guidelines and intervention to mitigate the impact of the pandemic,” reads the PAB minutes of the meeting.
MoE said the guideline were issued on May-4-2021 and it delineates detailed action plan and timelines for all stakeholders involved on access, retention, continuous learning capacity building and stakeholder engagement. (KNO)