May 06, 2020, Gangtok: The Hon’ble Minister for Education Sri Kunga Nima Lepcha today inaugurated the Students Outreach Programme at Nandok BAC to help students learn during this lockdown period. The Hon’ble Minister addressed the Education Department and BAC officials present in the BAC maintaining the social distance protocol and encouraged the Education officials to work with full dedication. He also applauded the initiatives taken by the teachers during the lockdown. While interacting with the limited people present in the BAC, the Hon’ble Minister also informed all that the Department has started an interactive radio programme from All India Radio called ‘Stay Home Study at Home’ and another programme called ‘Shikshan Samvaad’ through Samvaad Television. The Hon’ble Minister also mentioned that the system of e-education and reaching out to the students through technology will now be made a regular feature post lockdown also.
Sri Bhim Thatal, State Project Director (SPD) Samagra Shiksha, informed the gathering about the different media and methods utilized by the Department to reach out to the students during the lockdown. He emphasised upon the use of Sikkim Edutech App by all the school-heads and students as it has the feature of pushing educational contents, assigning students with activities, evaluating such activities and exchanging many more such learning materials without consuming the storage space of the mobile phone. The SPD also informed that AIR Gangtok is broadcasting interactive programme for students from Monday to Saturday at 1 pm and Samvaad TV is telecasting teaching session at 6 pm every evening with a repeat in the morning. Another programme on the orientation of Primary Teachers in the use of newly developed primary textbooks for Classes 1 to 3 is also being broadcast from AIR, Gangtok every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12 pm. Apart from this, social media including Sikkim Chronicle and Sikkim Varta are also telecasting such programmes.
He further informed that laptops with pre-loaded educational contents together with the contents already broadcast and telecast from radio and TV are being sent to all the BACs to help students learn where smartphones, internet, TV or radio are not available. In total 130 such centres have been identified by the department which would function in the supervision of the BRCCs, CRCCs, AEOs and ADs of the concerned BACs. The teachers residing nearby area would come to such centres and take classes with the help of laptops preloaded with the teaching materials supplied by the Samagra Shiksha, Education Department duly maintaining COVID-19 protocol. While thanking the BRCS, CRCCs, all officers of the District levels and Samagra Shiksha employees of the entire state in reaching out to the students and teachers as well during the lockdown, SPD Sri Thatal also requested to give feedback and suggestions to improve upon the initiatives being taken.
Present in the meeting were BDO Nandok, AD Education Nandok, in-charge Nandok SS, CRCC Nandok, teachers and local gentries.