J-K govt plans transport facility for students in rural areas

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The administration is mulling to provide transport facility to the government school students of far flung areas of J-K wherein the institutions have inadequate transport or are either lacking the facility.

According to a local news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Ministry of Education (MoE) has said that it will make a provision of transport facility to the students of far flung areas of Jammu and Kashmir.

The official documents of Government of India (GoI) reads, “Provision for transport facility to be worked out for children belonging to far flung areas where transport facility is either not available or is not adequately provided as required.”

Besides, the Department of School Education and Literacy of GoI said that it launched a National Mission to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level through an Integrated Teacher Training Programme called NISHTHA – National Initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement on 21 August 2019.

“In the wake of the COVID-l9 pandemic, the NISHTHA programme has been contextualized to the needs of teaching and learning during the pandemic and made 100 percent online,” it reads.

Stating the features of the NISHTHA programme, the GoI said that online for elementary teachers was launched on 6 October in 2020. “It has been created by customizing modules for online delivery in the format compatible with the DIKSHA platform of NCERT.”

“Nearly, 23 lakh teachers have completed NISHTHA online training by March, 202l besides the l7 lakh provided online training in face to face mode in 2019-20,” it reads.

The MoE also said that the National Education Policy (NEP-2020) recommends at least 50 hours of continuous professional development programme or in-service training for every teacher and school leader—(KNO)

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