Education during COVID-19: Education MInister Releases 8-week Alternative Academic Calendar for Classes 9 to 12; Read More

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Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has published today an alternative academic calendar for students from classes 9 to 12.

In particular, the alternative academic calendar for 12 weeks in the primary and upper primary and secondary stages and 4 weeks in the secondary and higher secondary stages has already been published.

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The calendar, which sets out the schedule for the next twelve weeks, aims to empower students, teachers, school principals and parents to plan their education during the lock-down period.

The Union Minister shared the information on his Twitter account, he wrote, "Today launched the Alternative Academic Calendar (AAC) for the next 8 weeks at the secondary stage.

Alternative Academic Calendar for 12 weeks for primary and upper primary stages and AAC for secondary and higher secondary stages for 4 weeks had already been released. 

"The Calendar also aims to empower our students, teachers, school principals and parents with positive ways to deal with #Covid19 through online teaching-learning resources and achieve the best possible learning outcomes," said Education Minister.

The new academic calendar offers home-based school education, which is available on the phone, radio, social media, television and SMS.

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Students who do not have an internet connexion can take an academic course via SMS.

The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), an autonomous organisation for higher secondary education, has developed the AAC to improve quality education in the middle of a lockdown.

Direct Link to download NCERT Alternative Academic Calendar 2020

The new education plan also included feedback through social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Zoom, Hangouts, etc.

NCERT has also introduced activities related to art education and other subjects that can help with learning outcomes.

A well-detailed and subject-conscious study material for classes 9 to 12 is available at

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