The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) has directed all the affiliated schools to put a limit on the duration and number of online classes conducted each day. The limitations are issued by the Ministry of Education of the Centre for different categories of students depending upon their classes.
The guidelines are laid down, keeping in mind the harmful effect which the devices can pose on continuous subjection of vision. The potentially harmful radiations which are emitted from cellular devices or computers have the capacity to damage the eyes significantly. Hence, the students must limit the amount of time for which they view the screen and must not strain their eyes too much.
ICSE Directs Schools to Follow Guidelines
As per the guidelines, students of different standards must take note of the duration for which the online classes must be conducted:
- For standards 9 to 12: Not more than four sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each day.
- For standards 5 to 8: Not more than three sessions of 30 to 45 minutes each day.
- For standards 1 to 4: not have more than two online classes of 30 to 45 minutes each day.
- For pre-primary sections: Not more than 30 minutes in a day.
Apart from the above-mentioned capping, a break of 10 to 15 minutes in between two consecutive classes is mandatory. The Board has directed all the affiliated schools to follow the guidelines to the best of their abilities as the well-being of the students as well as the teachers is the priority of any nation.
Online Classes the Only Option
After the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, resulting in a nationwide lockdown, the only option left to propel the cycle of education forward was to conduct online classes. The fact remains true that no medium can replace the classroom teaching and teacher-students interactive sessions, yet some way had to be culled out not to let the flow of education stop. Since online classes have become a new normal, the amount of time for which the students are subjecting their eyes to the screen must be regulated.
The conditions in the nation are not getting any better, and the chances of the reopening of the schools and other educations institutions are bleak. Under such circumstances, it becomes the responsibility of the parents and teachers to safeguard the well-being of the students. Hence, ICSE has directed the schools to follow the guidelines.