The digital divide
- Rural households with computer system: 4.4%
- Urban households with computer system: 23.4%
- Rural households with internet: 14.9%
- Urban families with internet: 42%
- ( Numbers from Secret Indicators of Household Social Consumption on Education in India report, based on the 2017-18 National Sample Survey)
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Education, as a result, has mostly moved online.
Neha Sharma’s nine-year-old daughter, who goes to a personal school in Bengaluru, has 4 classes on Zoom from Monday to Friday– 2 core subjects (English, Science, etc) and 2 activities (dance and Taekwondo).
In extended families, especially, moms and dads may have to miss work to look after their children. A few of them might be healthcare experts, who are frantically needed to alleviate the pandemic. There is pressure on instructors, too. Valli Subbiah, the principal of KC High School in Chennai, says, “Every teacher has a special mentor design. Over a period, they would have developed a relationship with the children. This is done through observing their body movement in class, their interaction with schoolmates– how it is different in little groups and large groups. Now, they just see them on computer screens and there could be a lot of disturbances. A pet might stroll in throughout the class.”
Students and instructors also need to quickly adapt to brand-new routines. “You can’t have the same nine-to-five schedule,” states Valli, “We needed to reinvent our model within a couple of weeks. And, thanks to the support of the trainees, moms and dads and the school management, we might do it successfully.” Classes were divided into groups of not more than 7 children. Teachers routinely apprised the moms and dads, separately, of their kid’s progress. The school even handled to conduct examinations online. “Students were asked to take a honesty pledge. We felt it was an excellent way of making them responsible. Plus, even if they had a book with them, the concerns needed their own thinking to find the option.”
A call to arms
Meanwhile, millions from Government schools and colleges, particularly in rural areas, will not even have access to education due to the lockdown.
- Google Class is a complimentary web service that schools can use to create and disperse lessons and grade projects.
The implications of school closures in the nation are not simply about education; they are manifold.