Online classes for PG students begins
IMPHAL, 8th Apr: Education Minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam has informed that online classes for postgraduate students in respect of Dhanamanjuri University and 6th Semester of Manipur Technical University have already been started.
He also informed that extra classes for students of Class I- XII would be conducted during the summer vacation.
Addressing the media at his office chamber at New Secretariat, here on Wednesday, Radheshyam highlighted the steps and measures taken up by the Government to address the concerns arising over closure of educational institutions in the state owing to the lockdown imposed for breaking the chain of infection and control the spread of COVID-19.
He said that classes in the Higher Education & Technical University have already been started through ZOOM App MOODLE – Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment. The teachers are assigned to prepare study material, which will be provided to the students through online classes, e-mail and WhatsApp. The students would also be allotted assignment topics for self-study, which would be submitted by the students through email and WhatsApp, he added.
In terms of education school, the Minister said that discussions are on for promotion of the students studying in Class XI to Class XII. However, the State Cabinet will take the final decision, he said and informed that evaluation/checking of answer script will begin soon after making sure that more centres for evaluations are set up.
He then appealed to private schools not to charge fees from students for the lockdown period and further urged them to disburse the salary of their teachers.
Radheshyam further announced that the Department of Education (S) has issued possible links like DIKSHA, e-pathshala, NROER, SWAYAM and YouTube Channels of NIOS and CBSE from where study material in e-contents could be availed. YouTube channels with local contents can also be browsed through “SCERT Manipur” and “Department of Education Schools Manipur”, while additional Weblinks prepared for each class would be uploaded from Wednesday onwards, he added.
The Minister then appealed to the teachers to reach out to the students to mentor and guide them through telephone and other means of communication. He also appealed to the students to visit online portals to search for study materials to improve their weakness and share the same among their peer groups.
Stating that the lockdown has provided the opportunity to relive and relearn the values of human relationship, family and society, Radheshyam urged parents, grandparents and guardians to ‘educate our children on our great traditions and value systems by telling stories of great heroes who sacrificed their lives to serve our nation and people’.