Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board Issues New Guidelines for Schools
The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board has issued guidelines for schools under its jurisdiction to take reformative measures under the National Education Policy 2020. The guidelines aim to provide a holistic and student-centric education system that is capable of fostering critical thinking, creativity, and innovation.
No Homework for Classes Nursery to 2nd and No School Bags for Nursery and UKG – Waqf Board
One of the key highlights of the guidelines is the elimination of homework for classes nursery to 2nd and the prohibition of school bags for nursery and UKG. The school bag policy and NEP-2020 guidelines in this regard will be strictly followed. This move will help reduce the burden on young students and promote a stress-free learning environment.
Daily Timetable and Schedule of Activities
The circular issued by the Waqf Board outlines the daily timetable and schedule of activities to be undertaken by the schools. The daily timetable shall have six periods (time slots) of 30 minutes each for teaching subjects. Five periods will be dedicated to compulsory subjects like English, Maths, Science, Social Science, and Urdu. The sixth period will be utilized for teaching optional subjects like Computers, Kashmiri, Arabic, Islamiyat, and Sufi Saints Literature on a rotational basis.
Extra-Curricular Activities and House System – Waqf Board
The guidelines stress the importance of extra-curricular activities and instruct schools to reserve one hour every day for them, split into two parts of 30 minutes each in the first and second half of the day. Moreover, a house system will be established in every school for intra-school co-curricular and sports competitions. The students will be divided into four houses on the names of famous Sufi Saints to inculcate a sense of belongingness and healthy competition among them.
Sports and Co-Curricular Competitions
The schools will organize competitions in sports activities throughout the year, and three days in a month will be reserved entirely for sports and co-curricular competitions. No academic activities will be carried out on those days. Additionally, school authorities will allocat at least one period of thirty minutes per month for house meetings so that the House Committee Members can interact, motivate, and plan house activities under the guidance of respective House Masters.
Inter Waqf School Competitions and Morning Assembly
In September and October, Inter Waqf School Competitions will be carried out, and the winners will be rewarded. The morning assembly will consist of news headlines, thought for the day, a brief talent show of individual or group of students, amazing facts, personality of the day, volunteer for a minute, and similar other exciting stuff. However, lectures by teachers during the morning assembly will be avoided.
Orientation Programme for School Heads
The circular states that an orientation programme for school heads regarding the execution of proposed changes will be held separately. The programme will help school heads to understand the guidelines and how to implement them effectively in their respective schools.
The Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board’s guidelines for schools under its jurisdiction aim to provide a holistic education system that promotes the overall development of students. The elimination of homework for classes nursery to 2nd and prohibition of school bags for nursery and UKG will help reduce the burden on young students and promote a stress-free learning environment. The guidelines stress the importance of extra-curricular activities, sports, and co-curricular competitions to develop the physical and mental abilities of students. The establishment of the house system will promote healthy competition among students and inculcate a sense of belongingness. Overall, the guidelines are a step towards transforming the education system in Jammu and Kashmir and aligning it with the National Education Policy 2020.
Q: What is the National Education Policy 2020?
A: The National Education Policy 2020 is a policy document released by the Government of India that outlines a vision for the future of education in the country. It covers various aspects of education, including early childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education, and teacher education.
Q: What are the guidelines for schools under the jurisdiction of the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board?
A: The guidelines include no homework for up to class 2nd and no school bags for nursery and UKG. Daily timetable should have 6 periods (time slots) of 30 minutes each for teaching subjects. Schools should have compulsorily one hour reserved every day for Extra-curricular Activities. House system to be established in every school for intra-school co-curricular and sports Competitions.
Q: How can I implement the guidelines of the National Education Policy 2020 in my school?
A: You can implement the guidelines by reviewing the policy document and developing a plan for how to incorporate its recommendations into your school’s curriculum, policies, and practices. You may also want to seek input from teachers, students, and parents to ensure that the plan is feasible and meets their needs.