At the direction of the Federal Ministry of Education and Training, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has instructed educational institutions in the capital city of Islamabad (IKT) to make it easier for students to overcome academic losses due to the corona virus pandemic. Schools and colleges are ordered to overcome academic disadvantages.
In detail, FDE has directed schools and universities to develop short and long term approaches to this.
Regarding the short-term approach, schools were instructed to support students taking general and board examinations by August 2021, and to identify children at risk through classroom observation and assessment.
It is recommended that schools include zero points in the schedule either in the morning or after school or time intervals on Sundays to help students with severe learning disabilities.
The FDE also recommends that schools divide students into separate groups, with the example of students with math difficulties grouped regardless of class.
As a long-term approach, schools were asked to plan for the next two to three years and develop strategies on how to deal with the impact of the pandemic on student academic losses.
In addition, the FDE has instructed schools to use summer holidays at school in 2021, 2022, and 2023 to help students overcome their academic disadvantages. Therefore, a structured program for correction and support for students with learning difficulties should be developed in the academic period 2021-22.
Teachers should also plan their classes based on student performance after conducting diagnostic assessments in the first week of the school year. Principals or coordinators are encouraged to hold monthly progress assessment meetings on a regular basis. Reuters