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Off-duty teachers to be included in Covid monitoring teams

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020 12:15 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020 06:44 [IST]

Off-duty teachers to be included in Covid monitoring teams

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GANGTOK: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Tuesday chaired a special meeting at Samman Bhawan here to discuss and deliberate on the current education situation and future road map of digital education in the State.
Due to the global pandemic, education and students’ right to education have been hit hard and to combat the situation, digital and online classes are the only option in the current situation, a press release from the Chief Minister’s Office informs.
During the meeting, chief secretary S.C. Gupta briefed the gathering on the agenda of the meeting and the views and suggestions of the department on the issues.
In his address, the Chief Minister stated that the State government is utilising the IT sector to its optimum level, which had been dormant for all these years. He stressed on the fact that during the pandemic, information technology and digital connectivity have played an effective role and this technology boon could be used as a medium to move forward in this path and make the best use of it.
He reiterated that Sikkim has been granted an Independent BSNL Administrative Control Centre for the State which will improve connectivity and help in achieving e-Governance by 2022, as proposed by the Central government.
The Chief Minister proposed that the teachers who are currently off-duty due to the Covid-19 situation could be part of the monitoring team in GPUs for ensuring that the asymptomatic cases are following the necessary protocols and guidelines. Their noble services could be utilized to raise awareness, educate, inform and regulate the patients, he said. However, they should be well briefed before sending them for the fieldwork.
This proposal was appreciated by the department who will be preparing a list of teachers and also prepare the Standard of Practise (SOP), the release mentions.
The Chief Minister also suggested utilising the services of OFOJ employees for assisting the teachers.
Education secretary Anil Raj Rai communicated that the major problem currently faced by the department is connectivity, especially in the shadow areas which mostly fall under difficult terrain. To tackle the situation, currently, they are providing pre-recorded contents to students who do not have access to proper internet connectivity. He informed that the department is using various applications and broadcasters to conduct these classes. He also emphasized on the department’s plan to initiate counselling for parents and ask their opinion regarding the reopening of schools.
The Chief Minister emphasized on turning Sikkim into an education hub to attract students from various States and abroad. We should move towards the unconventional technique of education and more research-based methods in Soreng Science College and turn it into a centre for excellence by including subjects like environmental science, climate change and Himalayan studies centre where traditional practices of Himalayan people and their livelihood opportunities will also be included, he added. He directed the department to set up a team to prepare a SOP in advance to monitor students, teachers and lecturers returning to the State in case of commencement of schools and colleges in the near future, the release mentions.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi