Find donors to print photocopies of Kalika Chetrik worksheets: Education department tells schools

Nearly a month and a half after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai launched the Kalika Chetarika program to bridge the pandemic-induced learning gap among students of classes I-IX, the initiative was yet to be implemented due to lack of worksheets.

In an order issued by the State Project Director of Public Education Department, a copy of which is with the department indianexpress.comThe government has said that the printing of worksheets was in its final stages and till the process is completed, schools should take the help of donors including corporates to print photocopies of the first month’s worksheets for teaching children. The government has also suggested that schools can use their respective grants to print the worksheet, the soft copy of which is available on the website of the school department.

However, some teachers complained that getting a donor was not a viable option, especially in rural areas.

A government school teacher in Kundapura taluk of Udupi district said, “I have spent around Rs 2,000 to get photocopies of worksheets for maths. If teachers have to spend time getting photocopies done, how will we focus on teaching? The pandemic has damaged learning to such an extent that even Class VIII students have forgotten the basics of calculations. One reason for the delay in printing of worksheets could be the government’s decision to start finalizing the worksheets in March itself, about a month and a half before the schools reopen. ,

Another teacher from CN Halli taluk in Tumkur district said, “We are using a projector to help students go through the worksheets. This is not a practical option as the students cannot stare at the screen for a long time.”

A teacher from Bengaluru Rural district said that the printing of worksheets is getting delayed due to the last minute change. “The State Education and Research Training Department (DSERT) is working on the last minute revision… the teachers have got the handbook of the program but we are still waiting for the worksheet for the students. We are currently working on a bridge course for high school students, but the delay in printing the worksheet is a concern.

“We should have started the Kalika Chetarik program by now…the delay is only widening the learning gap,” the teacher said, adding that the government has promised worksheets in the next 10-15 days.