March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit India hard. The government had to declare nationwide lockdown. The lockdown that no one can imagine. No one has any idea what is going to happen. The education sector is not out of that. The Indian Education system was also hit very badly by this lockdown.
In March 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, several start governments are shutting down the school and college just to assure that the students stay safe. At that moment, governments had no choice to think about education. They never imagine this going to hit them so hard. And till now, most of the schools and colleges are still closed. A few opened their campus for the students, but the rising cases of covid-19 force them to shut again.
Now just for calculation give let me give you some data to understand the impact. In India, over 1.5 million schools are there. The number of students is also pretty large. It’s over 32 crores, which is the highest student base around the world. The number is almost equal to the total population of the USA. But unfortunately, all have to shut down due to this pandemic.
Now, if you consider all the factors together, we will definitely find some positive sides along with some negative sides. Some people consider this decision as a positive approach to stop a pandemic, again for some people it is not the right way to do so. Now let discuss all that statement so that you can judge it rightly.
Positive Impact in Education System:
As the pandemic hit us hard, the government has to shift to some alternative options. And they have shifted to online classes and exams. And it’s not so easy to shift. The schools have to upgrade their infrastructure, not only that they have to educate their teachers and staff according to the need for online classes. But they did a commendable job in every aspect. Now let us talk about the changes in the education industry.
As the classes shifted to mobile and laptops the education also shifted to smart class. The teachers are also upgrading as per demand. They are using slides, presentations, videos to connect with students. Student engagement is also higher in this process. Teachers have turned into performers these days.
Before, into the bounded classroom students, something cannot stand and asked his doubt. They don’t even do eye contact with the teacher. The fear from his teacher is very high. But as the boundaries open up the fear becomes lesser. So the two-way communication becomes smooth and easy which is the prime concern.
“Please let my child sit on the first bench”, is a very common request you will hear from parents. We have a stereotype mentality that, the maximum knowledge can be gained from the first bench. On the other hand, the last benchers or the students who sit behind are mischief-makers, cat talkers, and not studious. They kind of neglected by the teachers too. I think, most of us are scolded by our parents for not sitting on the front side. And we are passing it too.
Now, as the class turned into online classes, the line between the first and last bench is removed. Every student gets an equal opportunity here. No backbenchers are there. Teachers are giving equal priority to everyone as earlier. In offline class, teachers have the mindset that those who love to study and good at study sit on front rows. But in an online class, the division is on there. Moreover now as the students are joining as an individual the scope of side talks and mischief-making is just nil. So for teachers, it’s also very easy to concentrate on their class. The biggest advantage of an online class is that the teacher can individually monitor each and every student. And for the parents, it’s very relaxing that their child is getting the same advantages as one else, who used to sit on the front bench.
The exam Pressure in Old Education System:
The exam is an important part of the education system. How much knowledge the student acquired is judged by the exam. But as time passed the exam pressure increased. You will agree with me, whether you are a good student or bad, you have to face exam pressure. And nowadays parents take the exam result as a status symbol. So they will pressurize their children.
This leads them to cheat. In the Indian education system, the culture of cheat writing is very common. Not everyone can do so, but few can do it extremely well. The problem is, our system is unable to find that gap. So sometimes it’s difficult to figure out the difference between the genuine scorer and someone who cheats. But there is a very common phrase. “ I piece of paper can’t determine someone’s future.”. Online study is exactly the same. There is no scope of cheating. Moreover, you can modify the exam as you want. Being an online smart class, teachers can set the pattern of an exam in every aspect. Like audio-visual, project base, or presentation base. So they can judge it.
Our education system is not that much updated. So most of the time we use only written base exam or sometimes viva and practical. But in some cases, like in management or engineering or medical field is written exam in the old pattern must not be the best way to judge. But now they can be judged according to the need of the field. Most importantly, we can change and upgrade our old education system in our smart online classes. And not to forget, online classes also make the cheat sheets irrelevant.
Negative Impact in Education System:
As we know, everything has two sides, one good and one bad. In the same way, if the lockdown has its bad impact also on our education system. Some people may be agreed with it, but it’s true. Even today itself few government officials accept that the sudden lockdown has been a bad hit on the Indian education system.
Online Class is not the best option:
In India, only 24% of house-hold have the opportunity to use the internet according to a government survey in 2019. The no is very much less in a rural part of India. It is around 4%. Plus due to covid a lot of people lost their jobs. So, technically expected that the number is decreased. That means, shifting classes to online means taking the opportunity to study from them.
A large no of students can not attend the classes. Schools in rural areas just lost their existence as they can’t provide online classes due to lack of infrastructure. So, it is clear that with the online class you can reach much too few students but for the masses, it seems to be impractical.
Not going back to school:
In the lockdown, the biggest issue that comes in front of us is the migrant labourers. India witness, the pathetic scene where the workers were walking a long way back to their village. Not the forget, their children were used to go to school. But as they lost their job, went back to their village, the chance of their coming back to school is near to impossible.
We talked a lot about child labourers. But I can assure you, you can find those children who went back to their home along with their parents, is going to work as child labour in near future. We missed them. We missed the chance to educate them.
The Schooling in Education System:
Online classes may be an option for the students who study in the higher class. But you can not ignore that, college or school is not only a bounded room. It’s like an atmosphere, which helps you to learn more than the books knowledge. That is the reason, who parents send their children to school although they have their private tuitions. Online classes can’t replace that.
We talked a lot about higher studies but a lot of students are in pre-primary and primary classes. For them, a school is a place where they learn how to behave, how to talk with people, how to make friends and all. Most of the primary sections use activity base study, but an online class seems impossible. That means for them the starting of their schooling is destroyed.
No Exam Year:
For some people, it is not that no paper-based exams are happening. But for others, it’s really annoying. They are working hand for the whole lot year. And now, when the exam is postponed they were going to miss the opportunity to shine. The activity-based exam is good but they might not be prepared for this sudden change.
Moreover, as the previous and the next year’s exams are going to be the traditional ones, so for those students, they will be discriminated against for the whole life. They are not judged by conventional methods. This is something they have to hear for their lifelong. At the same time, a few exams are cancelled and they are awarded average marks. This is very bad for them, who prepared hard. Plus, as everyone got average marks that are affecting their admission to higher studies.
So, a brief it can be said that the Indian Education system is scattered with the sudden lockdown. And as usual, it has two ways of its effect. But is it good or is it bad that up to your thoughts! Don’t forget to comment down below your thoughts about it.