The new model of classroom learning mooted by Chandigarh Governor VP Badnore in the recent week has been decided by the Directorate of School Education to kick-start the extended school hour programme with the students of classes 6 to 8. It has been notified that one Government Model School in Sector 45 Chandigarh has been enlisted in the 'extended schooling' programme.
It is believed that the government officials held meetings with schools principals to endow the proper implementation of the project at their secure disposal.
"We have almost finalised the blueprint of the proposal. The blueprint will be submitted to the higher authorities concerned for approval," said Rajinder Singh Brar, director, school education.
Why new model?
- The primary objective to implement 'extended schooling' model is to ensure children enjoy quality time with their parents after school.
- Another pivot objective is to ensure children have their homework done duly under the supervision of their teachers.
- It is anticipated that implementing a 2-hour extra period would provide children with outdoors sports activities and activity-based learning, which would augment the learning capacity of the students.
- However, many parents express their concerns disregarding the benefits anticipated by the education department. According to Chandigarh Newsline findings after speaking with several parents, educationists and teachers regarding the project, some parents did not express a favourable opinion.
- Some parents are concerned that such 'extended schooling' programme will confine their children in schools for longer period which might invite boredom for the students.
- "The extended school programme is welcome for working parents, who are often not able to help students with their homework. So, it will be beneficial. But it should be implemented in a structured way to make it a success as the children should not feel bored sitting in school the whole day," said one parent, whose son studies in Ashiana Public School.
- While some parents disagreed, others expressed appreciation. The president of Chandigarh Parents Association, Nitin Goyal expressed his approval over the project. "It is a welcome idea, we are in favour of its implementation in all the city schools. The only concern is that the private schools not be allowed to exploit this as an opportunity to make extra money," said Nitin Goyal.
Moreover, some schools in Chandigarh have been practicing the extended schooling method for the students coming from economically weaker section. Principal of St John's High School, Kavita Das remarked that several willing teachers volunteer to stay back and help the students with their homework's and class assignments since many poor children did not avail guidance at home, as per the report.