COVID 19: Educational challenges and opportunities
While the countries around the globe are struggling to limit the rapid increase in COVID 19 cases, the education sector is overlooked. Though the Center Government, State Government, and the Education Ministry have asked all the institutes, schools, and universities to adopt the virtual model of imparting education. The primary idea behind this was students will be getting access to education from the comfort of their home. To an extent, this framework has helped a lot of kids all over the world.
However, the same policy has impacted adversely for the most marginalized, poverty-stricken, and vulnerable children. This sector of children already suffers a lot because of their respective economic conditions. These students were already struggling for equal education and job opportunities. COVID 19 has worsened it more. Even before the pandemic, so many children were school less which were not seen or addressed by the government.
Even though the government and the education ministry are trying their level best to curb this gap. This pandemic has questioned the two most significant norms. One is how these marginalized and vulnerable students will be getting a quality education. Question two is what will happen if a pandemic like this will hit us in the near future. Both questions have an important role to play in the GDP of the country as well.
Let’s look at how some of the best schools are imparting education in the amid of COVID 19:
Ensuring safely education transmission until school reopens physically:
If schools and universities are closed because of a global pandemic then schools, government, and administration should make alternative plans that should regulate proper learning and teaching processes. There are various modes like radio, tv, cellphone, internet through which the learning process can be displayed. Also, special attention needs to be given to the language used while imparting education through online platforms. Teachers and management should look from the student’s perspective while designing an online class curriculum. The top rated schools in Faridabad like Dynasty International School have already built an online platform through which they not only teach their kids but also conduct an array of extracurricular activities to give a mandatory break to kids from monotonous online learning.
Reopening Safe School
Schools, Government, Health Ministry, and the Education Ministry should work very closely and responsible before notifying students and parents about reopening schools. It is important to analyze the current situation as students are very prone to viruses. They should prepare themselves for the physical opening of the school. Schools should teach about the health crisis. They should give them accurate facts and figures that will help them to learn about the virus better. Apart from it, practicing guidelines given by the Health Ministry and World Health organization would be of great use. The other very significant thing schools need to teach their teachers is the importance of mental health. Be it physical or remote learning, it is really important to know how the students are feeling? Often teachers are not interested in knowing students beyond their academic parameters. But this old school practice should be changed. There is no certain or uncertain reason why a student might feel this particular way. But as teachers, motivators we should proactively work for our student’s good health in both ways physically and mentally.
Sustaining safe school premises and healthy communities
The government should use schools as a broader way of imparting awareness about the public health crisis. Students should know everything about the global pandemic. They should also be taught how to be responsible children and citizens of the country by helping other children. One way of teaching them is to help children and people of the country who are less empowered than them. Why is it important to stay at home? This way students will actually learn how to contribute their share in the country’s development or growth. The schools, are already doing all of this. Giving life lessons along with the academic ones will help students to grow in an overall manner. Alongside these schools should come with a plan to curb the contingency in the future.
Calculated losses should be taken
Knowing that remote learning can help only a handful of students but the effort should be made to make learning as productive as possible. Schools or the government should focus on improving the skills of students. Further, they should value skill-based teaching as well. Most of the students are suffering huge losses in their learning due to this pandemic.
The losses are not only limited to education but more than that like food and nutrition. The sustainability of vulnerable students has come into question. Shutting down schools has locked girls and women in their homes. They are suffering from severe abusive tortures or domestic violence. There is no correct way to justify it. It is only hampering the overall growth of the country by leaving girls and women in a dark place.
Therefore, it is the need of the hour to come up with better policing and monitor their proper functioning very closely. CBSE schools in Faridabad have given the equal opportunity to both the genders to learn and become the noble citizens of the country. They both are given the same quality of education.
Innovation within the Education Sector
COVID 19 has urged the necessity of innovations within the education sector. One of the biggest challenges to face is to give quality education to all the sectors of students. This pandemic has pushed the country’s economy into undesirable figures. In this situation, providing all the students with a good quality education is difficult. As the government won’t be able to make up for its expenditures. We hope that all these problems get solved really soon. But on the same note, we can’t rely completely on destiny or luck. We have to put our best foot forward to ace these problems. We as a community have to come together for the betterment of the situation. So, let’s come together.