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Source: India Today

The tweak in the guidelines for online lectures was made after parents complained about the increased “screen time” for minors.

The Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) on Tuesday declared recent guidelines for online lectures held by schools during the COVID-19 period. According to this, the Ministry proposed shortening of duration and number of rounds in a day for students.

In the guidelines, the HRD suggested that the length of online classes for pre-primary students should not be more than half an hour.

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The ministry advised two online sessions of up to 45 minutes each for classes 9 to 12 and four sessions of 30-45 minutes for classes 9-12.

Universities and schools across the nation started closing down since March 16 when the Centre notified classrooms to be shut down in order to contain the stretch of the virus. Subsequently, a nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, and ever since schools and colleges remain closed in the country.

Many states have already discarded their respective board exams in view of the ongoing catastrophe.

As lakhs of migrant workers took a risky journey back to their home town in March and April when India went under lockdown. For many, it was a journey implicating hours of toiling without food and transport, carrying their bags and baggage. Along with the migrant workers, their kids, who were otherwise studying in local schools, also traveled.

MHRD has now disclosed guidelines to incorporate the data of all such students who have been dislocated from their erstwhile location. The database would be prepared by the States and the Union Territories for all such students who have been expelled. The States have also been notified to confirm that the names of the children who have migrated are not blown from the school rolls.

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Talking the bigger issue of continuing education and for those who do not aspire to return to the cities just yet, MHRD has advised states to ask schools to give admission to the pupils, even if they do not have the essential documents.

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