The Odisha state government has asked its higher secondary schools along with the degree colleges to start online classes and prepare online content for the students from July 13, 2020.
The Director of Higher Secondary Education has asked the principal of the Higher Secondary Schools in the state to explore online methods instead of the physical classes by following the rules and advisories of COVID-19 guidelines. The government has also asked the authorities of the undergraduate colleges to form WhatsApp and e-mail groups of students not beyond 32 students for teaching.
The government issued the order for conducting online classes was issued after the state government extended the closure of schools, colleges, universities, and other higher educational institutions until August 31, 2020, due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
The Council for Higher Secondary Education cancelled the pending papers of the Higher Secondary Examinations due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state. The government has also stated that the teachers are to provide soft copies of the notes, textbooks, PPTs, and recommended lectures either through WhatsApp or e-mail for them to study at home.
According to an order issued by the higher education department, the teachers are to conduct online classes with students for at least 2 to 3 hours a day for three days a week with the help of Google Meet, Zoom, skype or other digital platforms. The online classes are to be conducted from the college premises and the teachers are to maintain an attendance register for the students attending the online classes and prepare a time-table for the classes.
The government officials have also said that the universities and colleges in the state will have to carry out their official work 9except teaching in physical classroom mode and working of hostels) with 50 percent employee strength from July 1 to August 31, 2020.