According to the Pragyata guidelines for digital education, released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on Tuesday, Schools can hold live online classes for a maximum of 1.5 hours per day for Classes 1-8, and three hours per day for Classes 9-12, For kindergarten, nursery, and pre-school, only 30 minutes of screen time per day for interacting with parents is recommended.

These guidelines, prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), are only advisory in nature, and State governments have been asked to prepare their own rules, based on local needs.

As per These Guidelines “Schools should not assume that teaching-learning through synchronous communication is the only requirement or even desirable in order to support
effective digital learning. The goal is NOT to try and recreate face-to-face (F2F) classrooms over the internet. Anytime, anywhere, online and blended learning provide opportunities for learners to work more independently, expand their agency, intellectual horizon, learn to use tools and strategies that otherwise may not be feasible in classrooms for teaching-learning and assessment.”

It further stated that “Children exposed to digital technologies or gadgets for a long time are prone to severe health issues. Hence sitting with digital gadgets for longer hours or their excessive use can be avoided by designing age-appropriate schedules of digital synchronous learning may be undertaken for not more than two sessions of 30-45 minutes each on the days the States/UTs decide to have online classes” for Classes 1-8. For Classes 9-12, the recommendation was for not more than four sessions per day. A 10-15 minute break needs to be provided between sessions.”



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