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Online classes, the only way forward?

Start Date: 29-07-2020
End Date: 29-08-2020

It has been more than 4 months since the central government announced a countrywide shutdown of educational institutes of all kind, as a measure to contain COVID-19. As per UNESCO ...

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It has been more than 4 months since the central government announced a countrywide shutdown of educational institutes of all kind, as a measure to contain COVID-19. As per UNESCO estimations, over 154 crore students are severely impacted by closure of educational institutions across the world amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In India, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) is formulating safety guidelines to be followed whenever classroom learning is resumed. New seating matrix, staggered classes, different mess and library rules, revamped hostels and canteens, could be part of students’ socially distant lives in schools and colleges when they return.

However, until then most educational institutions have transitioned into digital platforms for education. Parents are also trying their best to cooperate with their children’s online studies, some schools are providing online classes through apps such as Google Meet, Zoom, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, WhatsApp etc. and also conduct meetings with parents and students on a regular basis.

But there is still a huge disparity between attending school and online class, one of them being lack of facilities for students to attend the aforementioned online classes, particularly for the most marginalised children who rely solely on schools for their education. There are various resources which are required for students to attend online classes such as stable internet access, an electronic device (mobile, laptops, etc.) and so on, which some underprivileged students may be unable to afford.

My Gov Arunachal seeks your opinion on whether online classes option would truly be a fair alternative to regular classes for the students or should there be another form of education introduced in such circumstances?

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Leema Khoda 1 month 3 weeks ago

Offline classes with strict SOP is the best option. Online class is class discriminatory, only rich students are happy poor students without equipments is sad plus the network problem, the cost of data it's extra burden. Offline class is only option