Replace exams with other academic assessments upto Class 9: NHRC

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Team Careers360 | Oct 5, 2020 - 4:21 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), on Sunday, recommended alternate “academic and extracurricular” assessments in place of regular examinations for students upto Class 9.

The NHRC recommendations were part of an advisory on the protection of child rights during COVID-19.

The commission also said that students should be taught in small groups till school reopening is feasible.

The NHRC, in the advisory, said: “As per feasibility, exams for students up to Class 9 maybe forgone and instead assessments based on academic and extra-curricular performance throughout the year can be conducted.”

“Till the schools are reopened, children may be taught in small groups; the use of various mass-media to teach children may be explored,” it added.

When schools reopen

The commission also recommended protocols for “safe and staggered” reopening of schools, especially for the ones used for quarantine of COVID-19 patients.

It called for the revision of the data pertaining to out of school children to identify those who have dropped out.

NHRC has recommended issuing guidelines to teachers and School Management Committee (SMC) members to remain in touch with children in families with history of domestic violence to minimize possibilities of child abuse.

The advisory further recommends the redesign of existing curriculum to “recover lost instructional time” and to ensure that online classes are inclusive for and accessible to children with disability.

NHRC has recommended restarting the mid-day meal scheme to prevent students suffering from malnutrition and also increasing the ambit of the scheme to include children residing in social welfare hostels, tribal welfare hostels, etc.

It has also recommended issuing guidelines to prevent private schools from hiking fees and the creation of a helpline for parents.

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