As per the survey performed with 3,627 respondents, approximately 43 percent of students with disabilities are intending to drop out of studies because of troubles looked by them in online training.
Swabhiman, the community-based organization working for the rights of persons with a disability, conducted a survey in Jharkhand, Tripura, Sikkim, Haryana, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Chennai, and Nagaland in the month of May. In the survey a total of 3,627 people, including parents, teachers, and students take part.
As per the survey, 56.5 percent of students with disabilities were battling yet going to classes unpredictably, whereas 77 percent of children said they would not have the option to adapt and would fall behind in learning because of their powerlessness to get to remove learning strategies.
It is found in a survey that approximately 56.48 percent are able to continue their studies whereas, 43.52 percent are not able to continue their study. The report added that 39 percent of outwardly impeded understudies couldn’t comprehend exercises with numerous understudies talking at the same time.
The children with disabilities that no gesture-based communication mediators were available in the online courses. 86 percent of parents of students with disabilities (CwD) mentioned that they did not know how to take the help of technology and even 81 percent of teachers confessed that they are not able to manage educational material to teach the students.
The survey said that 64 percent of students (CwD) did not have access to computers or smartphones at their homes. About 67 percent of students (CwD) mentioned that to attend online classes they need comparable devices or computers or tabs.
It said that 74 percent of children with disabilities added that they required Wi-fi/data support for online learning whereas 61 percent said they need readers, escorts, scribes, and attendants.
A report dependent on the study made a point by point proposals to strategy changes and modifications required in the new normal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Making educational programs that are reasonable for various types of disabilities is a non-debatable and the beginning stage for any instruction for the children with a handicap.
The report added that policy changes are adopted to make sure that students are assisted by suitable strategy in alternate formats adequate for them and to make online learning possible. Simultaneously, an interest in unique teachers and guardians to adjust to the changed condition is fundamental so they can bolster children with disabilities better.
Moreover, there is a necessity to discover alternative modes like television or radio for education. It is necessary that they get nutritional support too.
Sruti Mohapatra, chief executive, and Swabhiman founder said there is a need to categorize different students having different disabilities as they cannot be counted in one group. She added that the COVID-19 pandemic has the capability of abandoning handicapped students. In the event that satisfactory measures are not taken critically, they are probably going to endure gone misfortunes as they continued looking for instruction and the existence of nobility.
Mohapatra further mentioned that and alternative study material should be provided to students. They empower parents, teachers, and students to help them.
The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic results in the lockdown announced in March. All Colleges and schools have to shift their teaching and learning activities online but poor internet connection has transfer online learning into a distant dream for many students.