What could be possibly worse than being locked into homes for almost six months now? With the increasing corona cases all around the world, it seems hard for businesses and organizations to function their duties. While it has been slightly easier for MNCs and professionals to adopt work from home as the normal routine and carry on business as usual but the education system has hit hard. Teachers and students around the world are feeling the strange undulate effect of the novel coronavirus with the schools and colleges off. Though unlock-3 has been announced by the government earlier this month, there’s no hope for the educational institutes to reopen their gates.
Due to its record scale and inimitable response strategies, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a perilous impact on kids’ education, particularly of those from backward sections. Along with the disruption in the academic year, there is a risk that extended out-of-school learning may lead to the isolation of children from school systems and aggravation of existing dissimilarities. The online learning model has caught everyone’s attention, especially private schools and colleges with excellent infrastructure. But who are affected the most are those with the lack of amenities.
The Break in the Learning Process
The shift to online education is abandoning large segments of students who can neither afford the technology nor the skills that are required for this new mode of instruction. The students belonging to the rural areas and small towns are adversely affected; largely because of no handiness of digital gadgets and access to a good network. They are unaware of the happenings around them. And worst of all, as their parents whine that their kids are forgetting what they learned due to prolonged estrangement from schools. Those who possess desktops and laptops are faced with an electricity crisis. The structure of schooling and learning, including teaching and assessment methodologies, was the first to be affected by these closures. Only a few of the private institutions can implement online teaching methods.
The problem also lies on part of the teachers who are not used to the digital platform and often find it problematic to explain themselves. This along with their technical incongruity results in the delivery of sub-par level lectures. Given that the education system in India is a bit traditional and the economy of the country is 60% based on agriculture, there is an urgent need for educational amendments; which are largely focused on the rural kids. With the situations in front, it is right to say the pandemic has resulted in severe disruption in education.
The Digitized Other World
The urbanized society of developing India hasn’t affected much in the learning process. The educators and students have developed themselves to acquire the routine amid the pandemic. With the commencement of online learning, students are highly engaged with the new techniques and are developing critical thinking, technical skills, and problem-solving skills designed around each student’s potentials and current skill sets. This encourages the industries to deliver the same content across various regional languages along with their curriculum.
Due to the increased adoption of digital technology activated by the lockdown, educational institutes, business communities, and online education solutions have been forced to work. Digital classrooms and other online tools are helping to continue and enhance the engagement between the teacher and students as close to the classroom-type experience. Face-to-face virtual interactions, text messages, and zoom meetings are all integral parts of a student’s life and institutes want to ensure the students get what they deserve. Many educational institutes are considering this as an ideal time to try out and deploy new technology to make schooling more conceivable and significant.
The pandemic has its effects deeper than anyone ever thought. With the second-most populous country in the world and over 70% of them dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, education is the prime aspect and favorable choice for transforming the country into a developed nation. Though several measures are implemented by the institutes, the epidemic has taught how social life, the collective environment is important to develop a sense of oneness and open the mind to contemporary ideas. Without social touch, digital tools are still useful. The online platform can not only make the students literate but rather cultivated by helping them instill themselves with creativity and flexibility.