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Covid-19 pushing schools in India to go online

Today, when we are facing very challenging situations in wake of COVID 19 which has spread its wings worldwide, it has become very taxing for the educational institutes whereby they need to keep the students busy in studies and  connected to the school and teachers.

Since the education process is such which needs consistent work and connectivity, there stands no question of halting learnings. With social distancing, lockdowns and school closures all across the globe, Online learning has taken the central stage.

We are really fortunate that India has the capability to handle such load with high technological developments in the field of ed-tech in recent times. Online education is not only ensuring constructive use of time but is also handling anxiety levels in such scary times.

Most of the schools in India are showing expertise  to create remote learning opportunities and to provide students and their parents enough learning and emotional resources to keep them engaged. Academicians in the school are working relentlessly to ensure that no kid is left behind in these turbulent times.

This virtual education is also building resilience and patience among students by showing them that any enormous challenge can be dealt with a simple systematic action plan.

Various Ed-tech companies in India must be applauded at this hour as most of them have opened their e-learning platforms for free of cost. Also this is the best time when parents at home can teach life skills such as cooking, gardening, stitching and many more to their children.

The major challenges that have crop up in this scenario are with kids belonging to underprivileged sections of the society in urban areas and digital illiteracy in rural India.

There is a large strata which has no access to laptops or other devices to remain connected to regular academics.

One must appreciate efforts of Ministry of Human Resource Development and Central Board of Secondary Education for opening up free access to online videos and eBooks. To deal with above mentioned challenges, HRD Ministry and Information & Broadcast Ministry should come up with channels and radio stations entirely dedicated to online classes in regional languages, so that every child in rural India can continue with regular studies.

I am sure private school sector will be more than willing to assist the ministries in creating an effective content for the same. Platforms like SWAYAM, an initiative of Ministry of HRD is even effective in areas with low bandwidth of internet and thus will prove revolutionary in these times.

At this challenging time, we must remember that Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra  Modi has called up for “resolve and restraint” to fight this pandemic. With creative solutions such as online classrooms to continue regular education in this restraint, the schools all across India have resolved to fight the disease with optimism.

The whole education fraternity stands strong with the government at this moment and is determined to ensure safety of every stakeholder of the school community.

 

An Article by Jyoti Arora

 

(Jyoti Arora is Principal at Mount Abu Public School, Delhi and also an elected Governing Body Member of Central Board of Secondary Education. She has been awarded CBSE National Teachers Award for her relentless efforts in the field of school education. As an expert on education and related industries, she has authored many newspaper articles and have participated in various panel discussions across the country and abroad. She is also heading Indraprastha Schools Sahodaya as President and Delhi Schools Sahodaya Complex as Vice President, which are clusters of more than 120 CBSE affiliated schools in Delhi NCR. She can be reached on twitter on @JyotiAroraMtAbu)

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