The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has directed schools affiliated to the board to put a limit on the duration and number of online classes conducted in a day as recommended in the digital education guidelines issued by the centre. According to the Pragyata guidelines issued by the Ministry of Education of the Centre the council wants the schools to follow not more than four sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each day for the students from classes 9 to 12.
The students from classes 1 to 4 will not have more than two online classes of 30 to 45 minutes each day while the pre-primary class students can interact with parents for not more than 30 minutes in a day as per the circular issued by the CISCE to the heads of all the affiliated schools. In the circular issued, the board has further recommended that there should be a break for 10 to 15 minutes after each session in case more than one class is conducted in a day.
One of the main objectives of the Pragyata guidelines released by the education ministry in July was to place a cap on the duration and number of classes conducted in a single day to make sure the mental and physical health of the students who are at home since March 2020.
The circular issued to the schools also states that the students must be instructed not to use any electronic gadgets or continuously view the screens of their laptops for mobile phones and must move about freely and of some physical exercise.
The circular issued has also asked that the students should not be compelled to keep the webcam on or a smartphone in online mode except during class hours or for instructions at a given time making sure that the students are informed beforehand. The board has further requested that the schools must provide guidelines and counselling to the students to make them aware of Cybersafety and security.