To fill in the learning gap, the Maharashtra government has decided to enroll students of classes 2 to 10 in short bridge courses. The courses are aimed at helping students acquire the necessary knowledge to get promoted to the next class, said Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad. This year, the Maharashtra government had decided to cancel exams for all school students and promoted them to the next class without exams. This has led to concerns over learning gaps among students.
Now, students of classes 2 to 10 will be taught Marathi, mathematics, English, science, Hindi, and social science as part of the bridge courses. The 45-day course is prepared by the State Council Of Education Research and Training (SCERT) and will be available at maa.ac.in.
The course will begin on July 1 and continue till August 15. Varsha Gaikwad inaugurated the Keelya Setu Exercise Program (Bridge Course) on June 28.
शिक्षण व्यवस्थेचा केंद्रबिंदू असलेल्या विद्यार्थ्यांसाठी माझ्या विभागातर्फे विविध उपक्रम सुरु आहेत.मागीलवर्षी शाळा सुरु न झाल्याने विद्यार्थ्यांची अध्ययन निष्पत्ती वृद्धिंगत करण्यासाठी @scertmaha तर्फे तयार केलेल्या सेतू अभ्यासक्रम (ब्रिज कोर्स)चे उद्घाटन आज माझ्या हस्ते झाले. pic.twitter.com/BRQTNL4FAA— Varsha Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) June 28, 2021
The courses are offered as a shorter version of a subject. Students will have to appear for online or offline tests as part of the course. The teachers will keep a record of marks scored by students in the tests.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra has cancelled the board exams this year due to the pandemic. The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary And Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) has released the assessment criteria for class 10 boards, however, it is yet to release the criterion for 12th students.
Schools have been shut in the state amid the surge in the Covid-19 cases in the state. All educational institutions have been closed and most schools continue to conduct online classes for the safety of students and faculty. The state government has not issued any statement on the reopening of schools in the near future.