With schools closed, KP to rely on home-learning: Shahram Tarakai

Statesman Report

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Wednesday notified the latest education policy in line with the federal government's decision to shut down educational institutes to contain the rising spread of coronavirus in the community.

According to the notification issued by KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department, the educations institutions will be closed for students from November 26 to January 10 next year. From November 26 to December 23, teachers will continue to work from schools and provide online lessons or weekly assignments. The winter vacations will start December 24 and end next year on January 10.

Schools, academies, seminaries, and other educational institutions that cannot adopt e-learning are "authorised to call in students on grade basis in such a way that one grade students are called for attendance for only one day in a week and that too as per staggered schedule for giving homework, assignment and distributing learning material and providing teaching assistance".

All internal school exams planned for December have been postponed till January next year. The government has limited 30% occupancy for boarding schools for the November 26 to December 23 period.

Tarakai press  conference

Education Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai addressed a press conference on the matter and said the province will be relying on home learning and children will be allowed to visit their schools once a week to get their homework checked.

“We are planning that kids from every class will come to school once a week and the homework is given to them will be discussed by teachers,” said Tarakai, while explaining the way forward for schools because of the NCOC decision.

The minister said that the students will discuss their problems with their teachers when they come to school and will get homework for the next week as well.

“This process will run weekly for every class, so there is no rush in schools and SOPS are followed,” explained the minister. He added that they had proposed this method of teaching because of the children’s and teacher’s safety.

Tarakai said that this will be applicable to all private and government schools, especially to those that do not have an online education facility. The minister explained that the provincial government has also allowed the schools to fill their hostels with 30% capacity with those children who come from “far-flung” areas and do not have access to the internet.