New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Nearly five months after staying closed due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, schools across India will reopen from September 21 in a phased manner for classes 9 to 12. As the Centre has paved the way for the reopening of schools, Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has released an alternative academic calendar for students of classes 9 to 12.

According to the central government, the alternative academic calendar has been released for classes 9 to 12 and is "aimed to empower students, teachers, school principals and parents to plan education in the lockdown period".

Interestingly, the alternative academic calendar for 12 weeks for primary and upper primary stages and secondary and higher secondary stages for four weeks had already been released.

Union Minister shared the information on his Twitter handle, he 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.

“The Calendar further aims to empower our students, teachers, school principals & parents with positive ways to deal with #Covid19 via online teaching-learning resources and achieve the best possible learning outcomes, said HRD Minister.”

The new academic calendar offers school education at home. These services are available on phone, radio, social media, television, and SMS. The students, who do not have an internet connection can receive the academic course via SMS. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), an autonomous organization developed the AAC for the senior secondary stage to improve the quality education amid lockdown.

The new education plan also included the feedback program through social media platforms like Whatsapp, Zoom, Hangouts, etc. Also, NCERT has introduced the activities related to art education and other subjects that can help in learning outcomes. The well detailed and subject wise study material for class 9 to 12 is available at ncert.nic.in.

Posted By: Srishti Goel