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Covid severely affected education system: Dharmendra Pradhan

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Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the education system in the country got severely affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking in Lok Sabha during Question Hour, he said due to the school closures, the Centre, states and educational institutions had to adopt online technologies to ensure that students’ education continued.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the education system not only in India but also in countries across the world due to the closure of schools,” the minister said. “The e-contents are supplementing the regular classroom transactions by assisting teachers with UDL (Universal Design for Learning)-based resources to be used in the teaching-learning process,” he added.

Pradhan also said that under the inclusive education component of the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme, financial assistance is provided to states and union territories for undertaking identification and assessment of children with special needs. The scheme covers all children with special needs with one or more disabilities as mentioned in the Schedule of Disabilities of the Right of the Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016 studying in government, government-aided and local body schools, he said. 

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