DIET Jorhat has been engaged in promoting Multi grade and multi level learning strategy for last 10 years. The success of MGML strategy depends on learning materials that promotes independent pursuing of Knowledge from different sources. In fact the entire process needs research backup at the trialing centers. Different types of learning materials are developed at DIET Jorhat to face situations in the single teacher schools, special training centres for out of school chidren, remote area schools and in Tea garden are schools .The Covid-19 pandemic has raised an unprecedented situation that practically closes all the schools and colleges in the country for months together. The school authority has tried their best to support students to continue the courses through online measures. However, the online transaction has its own merits and demerits. The remote area schools in particular and schools in urban and semi urban locality in general need some other ways to continue the course. Here comes the question of providing autonomous learning materials specially designed for each learner of the severely affected area.
In view of COVID 19 pandemic, Government of Assam has closed down all education institutions since March 16, 2020. And all activities in the school were under lockdown since March 23, 2020. Children are experiencing a learning crisis, as they are deprived from class room teaching. Department of Education, Government of Assam has promoted many digital learning platforms like (i) DIKSHA, (ii) e-Pathsala in Government / Provincilaised schools. Government is also exploring the resource and technical support of Primal Foundation, Pratham (UNICEF Partner),UNICEF-Assam and other likeminded organization which are ready to support. Many teachers also developed innovative e-learning platforms on their own so that students can learn from their home. However, Tea Garden Managements are lagging behind in providing support to their schools to mitigate the COVID 19 impact on education of the children. This may be due to lack of resources or professional expertise. Moreover, capacity of teachers in Tea Garden Management Schools is also a concern in promoting digital platforms in TG managed Schools.
So continuing education through alternative learning pathways, as soon as possible, must be a top priority right now for Government as well as Tea Garden Management, to ensure the interruption to education is as limited as possible. Considering the above, the following interventions have been formulated to mitigate the impact of COVID 19 on education of the children in Tea Garden area Schools of the state.