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Pvt schools violate MHRD guidelines: Raja Muzaffar
11/30/2020 11:39:07 PM
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SRINAGAR, Nov 30: Chairman Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat has alleged that many private schools in J&K particularly in Srinagar city and other towns were violating the Govt of India (GoI) on virtual classes.
He said that the students are made to go through at least 5 sessions daily which extends upto 2 ½ hrs or even 3 hrs while as Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed the schools not to hold such online classes beyond 1 ½ hrs for younger students.
The RTI Movement has also demanded that 4G internet network be restored across J&K as students particularly from lower income groups are suffering and career of thousands of students is at stake
In a statement, Chairman JK RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that under the guideline called "Pragyata", the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has recommended that the duration for online classes for pre-primary students should not be for more than 30 minutes.
For classes 1 to 8, the HRD Ministry has recommended two online sessions of up to 45 minutes (90 minutes total) while for classes 9 to 12, four sessions of 30-45 minutes duration have been recommended, but these guidelines are not being followed which can cause serious eye problems among younger students.
PGI Chandigarh has already said that students who constantly use phones and laptops develop “Squint”.
“The government must restore the 4G mobile internet in J&K as 90 % of the population has no access to the 4G network.
If Govt is allowing Jiofiber to provide service through fixed lines in many areas what is the problem in not restoring 4G mobile internet,” Dr Raja Muzaffar said.
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