HRD ministry will release some guidelines for students. Students would no longer have to sit in front of online gadgets for attending online lectures.
Due to COVID-19, the nation was under lockdown as a safety measure against the disease. As the lockdown prevailed, all the educational institutions are temporarily closed. Still, the authority decided not to waste time and academic year of students and that’s why online classes are regulated by the school.
THE MINISTRY IS WORKING ON THE GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SESSION
As online sessions are taken by the teachers and notes are provided by them, students are sitting for hours in front of laptops and phones for online learning. Sitting for hours in front of these gadgets may harm the eyesight of students. In view of all the consequences, the government has decided to set up a Standard Operating Procedure(SOP) to end this practice.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development received many complaints about schools running online classes like regular schools in which students have to sit in front of online gadgets for hours. So, the minister is working on the guidelines by which students can impart digital education.
TEACHERS ARE BEING HARASSED BY THE STUDENTS DURING ONLINE SESSION
There are many issues being faced by the students, parents as well as teachers. These guidelines would solve all the problems faced by them. A K12 work conference was held by Ashoka University in which School Education Secretary Anita Karwal spoke about the guidelines that are going to be disclosed.
A conference was held by the Ashoka University discussing the future of the school in the light of COVID-19. Karwal said that the ministry is coming on SOP’s with digital education in school. There were many reasons behind the upcoming guidelines that the school education secretary explained.
She said, “ there has been an upsurge of digital education and also an uproar on the way some schools are doing it. Some schools have simply replicated the timetable and the child is sitting in front of the device for seven to eight hours.”
ONE GADGET IS NOT ENOUGH FOR TWO CHILDREN AT HOME
In India, some households have more than one child and that is why more than one gadget is required for education and it cannot be given to all the children at a time. There are many others that occur during online classes. Though, the secretary did not refer to any of the cases. There were many cases that teachers are being harassed by the students during online lectures.
NO SOP FOR ONLINE EDUCATION
There is no SOP’s for digital education. Schools are regulating their own pattern for online education. Some schools are trying to teach students with the help of online platforms like the Zoom app and Google meet while some are relying on WhatsApp. SOP for digital education will set up a different format for schools to follow. Some schools will work on a blending learning model that is an approach to merge online learning with face to face classroom teaching.
The HRD Ministry prepared some guides for the reopening of school. This includes some safety measures that need to be followed by students for classroom education.