Thursday, 22 March 2018

Gnana Dhara- Summer Residential Remidial Teaching to low performence students of 5th and 9th class students, Mile stones, time table , Monitaring Guidelines, Roles and responsibilities,Rc.21,Dt.20/3/18

Gnana Dhara- Summer Residential Remidial Teaching to low performence students of 5th and 9th class students, Introduction, background ,
Gnana Dhara 1 and Gnana Dhara 2 
Mile stones - supply of material,awareness programme, programme execution,
time table , Monitaring Guidelines ,Teachers  selection creteria for GnanaDhara 1 Roles and responsibilities, Rc.21,20/3/18

Concept Note on Gnanadhara  (Continuous Remedial Programme)


“Remedial education” is education designed to assist students to achieve expected competencies in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.

The Govt of A.P believes that every student deserves quality education, and if there are any gaps in learning these must be bridged in a systematic manner. To bridge this gap in learning,  the  Govt.  encourages  extra  academic  support  to  these  students  through targeted remedial teaching. The central idea of this kind of support is to find out the learning gaps, and address those gaps with customized learning enhancement material and action plan. The expected outcome is that the learning levels of students going through  remedial  programme  will  improve  enabling  them  to  get  integrated  into mainstream studies.

Gnana Dhara- Summer Residential Remidial Teaching to low performence students of 5th and 9th class students,  Mile stones, time table , Monitaring Guidelines, Roles and responsibilities,Rc.21,Dt.20/3/18


Andhra Pradesh has one of the best State Curriculums in the country which is developed as per the NCF 2005 guidelines. School Education Department is also implementing several innovative practices and using technology in improving classroom transaction processes. On the other side the dept. has also set up an assessment cell in SCERT in partnership with CSSL to have a focused study on long term objectives. The assessment  cell  reviews  the  performance  of  the  students  and  also  schools  and evaluates the teaching learning processes on several parameters. The reports of cell are very much useful in observing the status of learning in schools and to identify the learning gaps among the subjects.
The state of Andhra Pradesh is moving towards its vision of 2022, with an aim to stand top 3 ranks for the subjects of Language, Maths and Science, in the National Assessment Survey. To achieve this vision the state is making conscious efforts to improve  the  Learning Level  Outcomes  of  students  (as  defined  by  NCERT).  In  this context, the results of Summative Assessment-1 conducted in December 2017 were analyzed and found that 40% of IX graders lack required academic standards in largely in Mathematics, Science and English. In view of this, School Education Department
plans to take up a long term remedial program in two streams for the low performing students as mentioned below.
i)  Summer Residential remedial programme for students moving classes VI and X in 2018-19. (Gnana Dhara 1)
ii)  Yearlong Remedial Programme (Gnana Dhara 2)

The department of school education has identified class 6th and 10th entering students for its pilot initiative of a summer residential remedial program. Both these classes are crucial due to different pattern of learning and teaching that the student is unfamiliar with. For the summer residential program to be conducted in 2018-19, the department has identified low performing and at risk (of drop out) students through the Summative Assessment-1 ( AY 2017-18 ) in the current classes of 5th and 9th, going to classes 6th and 10th in the next Academic Year.

Core principles of remedial programme:

1.  It  must  be  a  comprehensive  support  system  to  aid  learning  in  below  grade students both during SRP & YRP
2.  The remedial content should be integrated with the SCERT curriculum to avoid another parallel system of instruction to the students
3.  Remedial content should give more practice on the concepts/applications/skills in diversified ways to aid learning
4.  Periodic assessment of remedial students should happen along with regular CCE
5.  Continuous structured monitoring and assessment should be done with student and school trackers on CSE dashboard

Though the focus of the remedial program would be to bring the students to grade level competency and make them academically ready for the next grade, attention would also be paid to their holistic development through the conduct of extracurricular activities like dance & music classes, theater workshops, robotics and computational thinking classes, etc.
School Education Dept. also wishes to extend the summer remediation support to other classes in the years to come in a phased manner.
Remedial Programme in summer will attempt to strengthen basic concepts in the subject and pave way to raise interest among the learners to engage actively during the regular schooling. The programme should fill confidence among remedial students and should contribute for their continuation in studies without scope for dropout. The subjects to be covered are:

Mathematics           : All fundamentals in Maths

Science                  : All Basic concepts in Physical Science and Biological Science
English                   :  All Language (LSRW) components and communication skills

The Gnanadhara 2 (continuous remediation programme) will be delivered through the school year in 2 terms.

Who should undergo remediation?

Class V going to class VI and Class IX going to Class X Students who stood in D1 and D2 grades in Summative Assessment 1 (AY 2017-18) will undergo Gnanadhara 1 and 2.

Tentative numbers of students to be involved in the Gnanadhara 1 are 2.2 lakhs in all subjects together.

Rationale for selecting class VI entering students:
1.  To address the major learning gaps among the V graders during the transition period i.e before they enter high school.
2.  To catalyze the learning process through variety of learning material and practices
and to give them a positive attitude at the important transition stage
3. To set a learning pace among them and increase competency levels which ultimately reflects the performance of the state in assessments on national and international platforms

Rationale for selecting class X entering students:

1.  To reduce the potential dropouts during the transition period from class IX to X
due to low performance in class IX.
2.  To help low performers gain confidence in their abilities to perform better
3.  To engage students in various extracurricular activities that cater to their all round development
4.  To  set  a  pace  for  learning  before  they  enter  class  X  that  accelerates  their academic performance in the core subjects
5.  To motivate Teachers and School Heads to work towards achieving the objective, to maintain our rank at top in NAS and also for better ranks in TIMS, PISA like tests

Gnana Dhara -1: (Summer Remedial Programme)

Department of School Education has planned for summer residential camp for a duration of 30 days i.e starting from 01.05.2018 to 30.01.2018. Remedial students will be put up in hostels of identified residential institutes being run under different managements and societies of school education in A.P.

Teachers from nearby schools will be involved in the programme as remedial teachers and will work till the end of the programme in the assigned remedial centres.
District teams of S.E Dept. will monitor the implementation of the programme and ensure the safety, security, quality food and conduct of curricular and extracurricular activities as scheduled.

State team will monitor the programme both online and offline and track the progress of the students through regular OMR evaluation of the week end tests.

There will be a grand test also at the end to know the impact of the programme and to know how many students will go in to Gnanadhara 2.

Gnanadhara - 2: (Yearlong Remedial Programme)

“Dept. of School Education aims at a longer and sustainable model of remediation that fetches a new culture among the teachers to take care of the last child of their class through targeted remedial content at their disposal.”

Rationale for Gnanadhara 2:

1. Remediation in summer for a limited period of 30 days without a structured follow up course will not yield the expected results.
2.  Topic-wise remediation might also be required for students who do not undergo the summer residential programme.
3.  Yearlong remediation with syllabus integration is aimed to provide continuous
support in addressing class level learning gaps
4.  Only a few teachers take part in summer camp. The rest do not know how to address the learning gaps of many students identified through surveys. However all teachers will get a professional practice in this area through the Year-long Remedial Programme, and get sensitized to apply professional methods to remediate such students they come across in future.

The remedial content integrated with class specific syllabus for term 1 and term 2 will be practiced during the specific remedial period allotted in the school timetable for each class.

Week end tests (periodical tests), on time completion of the targeted activities in Remedial Class should will be tracked and on boarding of students progress will be continued till end of term 1 and term 2.

Remedial Material may have the following type of items-

Gnanadhara (summer) material:

1.  Teachers’ 30 days work plan grid
2.   Concept cards for classroom transaction
3.  Classroom worksheets
4.  Homework books
5.  Online contents (digital content, assessments, quiz programme etc)
6.  Periodical test booklets
7.  Students subject wise competency wise progress cards

Milestone 1: (Supply of Materials; Dissemination of orders, guidelines)

1.  Print and supply material to all training centers as per timelines.
2.  SCERT with the help of IT will map Gnanadhara 1 students and teachers, district monitoring teams, welfare dept. and assign specific duties and responsibilities to each key person.
3.  Conduct one orientation programme through teleconference to train the mapped
SRP teachers, School Heads and district teams
4.  Develop timetable for both curricular and extracurricular programmes for 30 days and disseminate to the field
5.  Ensure the conduct of Gnanadhara as scheduled
6.  Monitor evaluation in association with Assessment cell
7.  Disseminatestudents’ status to school headson conclusion of program along with guidelines on how to involve these students along with C graders in the Gnanadhara 2

Milestone 2: (Gnanadhara awareness campaign)

1.  It is of paramount importance that the parents, community and SMC members  be given proper awareness on the SRP,to mobilize the students to the SRP campuses. For the same, a detailed campaign, in association with the Department of Social Welfare, will be launched by the H’ble Minister for Social Welfare.
2.  The School Heads can organize meetings with the parents and SMC members in the 2nd  week of March and explain the importance of the programme, its details and how it impacts their education in the coming year.
3.  Posters of SRPs should be used for wide publicity in the schools. Awareness through print/electronic media should also be done at state level.
4.  Parents should be given assurance of the security, quality of food and other logistics.
5.  Parents should be invited to the campus to see the programme.
6.  Parents can visit the campus at any time. However, they can talk to their wards only in the evening hours between 4 to 6 pm.

Milestone 3: (Programme execution)

1.  Students from different high schools and Primary schools will be allotted to the nearby S.W.R.I.E.S/APMS/KGBVs
2.  Students will be oriented on the programme well in advance i.e in the 2nd week of
3.  H.Ms will be given the allotment details so that they can arrange meetings with the parents of D1, D2 students and orient them on the details of the programme like purpose, timeschedule, activities, security measures, communication mode, benefits to the students etc.
4.  Students will have to report on 30th  April 2018 in the allotted SRP camp and complete the registration process.
5.  Students should come with all necessary materials like dresses, bedsheets, water bottle/glass, lunch plate, soap box etc.
6.  Students will be given Remedial kits after registration.
7.  Teachers  who  are  mapped  to  the  SRP  should  also  report  at  the  venue  on
30.04.18  and  take  part  in  the  registration  of  the  students,  hostel  allotment, material distribution etc.
8.  Classes will begin from 01.05.2018
9.  The time table (tentative) is given below

Monday to Saturday time-table:

05.00 am to 06.00 am
Yoga/Physical Literacy
06.00 am to 07.00 am
Preparation time
07.00 am to 08.00 am
08.00 am to 09.00 am
1st period
09.00 am to 10.00 am
2nd period
10.00 am to 10.15 am
Snacks break
10.15 am to 11.15 am
3rd period
11.15 am to 12.15 pm
4th period
12.15 am to 1.15 pm
5th period
01.15 pm to 02.00 pm
02.00 pm to 03.00 pm
Rest time
03.00 pm to 04.00 pm
Home work time
04.00 pm to 04.15 pm
Snacks break
04.15 pm to 05.15 pm
Handwriting/drawing/craft/painting/computer lab/adolescent education by UNICEF/JRobotics/summer volunteer organizations
05.15 pm to 06.30 pm
Physical Literacy
06.30 pm to 07.30 pm
Common assemblyshort movies/films etc
07.30 pm to 08.30 pm
08.30 pm to 09.30
Cultural programmes (optional)
Bed time

Sunday time table:

06.00 am to 07.00 am
Yoga/Physical Literacy
07.00 am to 08.00 am
08.00 am to 08.45 am
Week end test 1 (Maths)
09.00 am to 09.45 am
Week end test 2 (English)
09.45 am to 10.00 am
Snacks break
10.00 am to 10.45 am
Week end test 3 (Science)
11.00 am to 01.00 pm
Indoor games
01.00 pm to 02.00 pm

02.00 pm to 05.00 pm
Rest time
05.00 pm to 07.30 pm
Movie in common hall
07.30 pm to 09.00 pm
Bed time

Administration and monitoring guidelines:

District  level  monitoring  teams  are  to  be  constituted  to  oversee  and  manage  the programme implementation. The team should be constituted with the following members.

1.  District Educational Officer
2.  Dy.E.O
3.  PO SSA
6.  MEOs
7.  H.Ms/Principals of APSWREIS/APMS/KGBVs
8.  SMC members/parents from the SRP camp

The monitoring team members should visit the Gnanadhara (Remedial training campus) everyday and stay there for the whole day. They have to monitor the programme as per the guidelines given and ensure the effective delivery of the instruction. They also should visit hostels and see the arrangements and try to resolve any quality or other issues. If the matter is serious they should bring it to the notice of the higher officials and help for the smooth conduct of the trainings.

Separate guidelines will be issued to the monitoring teams in detail.

Technology intervention:

Technology will be leveraged in the programme in the following aspects: Monitoring:
1.  Biometric attendance machines- teachers would have to log on to the machine before the commencement of and after the conclusion of the subject period.
2.  Monitoring and observation sheets- each monitoring squad will be expected to fill in and maintain observation sheets after each visit to the SRP hostel for ease of monitoring by higher hierarchies.

Classroom transaction:

1.  Digital Classrooms- will be installed in hostels to aid classroom teaching with interactive digital content.
2.  Tablet PCs may also be provided to groups of students for adaptive learning techniques. 

1.  Week end assessments will be conducted by the teachers. Evaluation will be done by the teachers in the school premises and the results will be conveyed by Monday evening.
2.  Child reports- would be collated weekly and progress tracked on a week by week basis, at the state level
3.  Grand test will be OMR based. After evaluation, the result will be kept available on
CSE web
4.  Online  evaluations-  children  will  also  be  exposed  to  online  assessments  to replicate competitive examination feel

Teacher’s selection criteria for Gnanadhara 1:

1.  Teachers should be mapped from the ZP/Govt./APMS/SWREIS Schools who are in the proximity of the Gnanadhara Residential campus
2.  Teachers  with  good  subject  knowledge,  interest  to  work  on  activity  based methods
3.  MEOs can take up the pooling process. Selected list should be conveyed to the Dy.Eos.
4.  Pooled teachers list should be submitted to District Educational Officer through proper channel
5.  DEOs approval is necessary for final selection
6. Teacher should give a self declaration that they are willing to work in this programme as per the guidelines of the Dept of School Education.
7.  Teacher student ratio should be 1:30
8.  Teachers will get earn leave as per earn leave rules

If CRPs are to be engaged in the programme:

1.  CRPs  should  be  mapped  to  the  nearby  Gnanadhara  Venue  through  proper exercise
2.  Women CRPs must be appointed in Girls’ venues.
3.  CRPs will be paid honorarium for 30 days of services
4.  CRPs should stay in the campus from 05.00 pm till Morning 08.00 pm
5.  They have to make their own arrangements for their stay in the hostel at night.

Time table:

Class 10: There are 5 remedial classes every day. Mathematics will get 48 hrs Maths, 24 hrs  English, Physical Science and Biological Science each.

Hence there will be 2 Maths sessions every day and one session for each of the other subjects on an average. The time table will be prepared locally depending on the number of students and teachers allotted to the campus. 
Class 06: There will be 5 remedial classes everyday. Mathematics will get 48 hrs Maths,
24 hrs Telugu, English and Science each.

Gnanadhara 1 completion:

All the students who attended the Gnanadhara Residential campus  will be given a participation certificate and course completion certification subject to the eligibility in the grand test. Those students who got 75% and above in the grand test will be excluded from the YRP and the rest of the students will be continued in the Gnanadhara 2 at school level.

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