I will start by saying ” every dark cloud has a silver lining and we shall overcome. This time shall pass but we need to be positive.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state governments across the country temporarily closed schools, colleges, and universities. Based on the current situation, it is uncertain when schools, colleges, and universities will be reopened. Undoubtedly, this is a critical time for the education sector, as several university entrance exams and competitive examinations are held during this period.

Covid 19 had an unprecedented impact in the education sector. Both students and teachers are facing the brunt.

But the show must go on and education should not stop.

The answer is online or digital classes.

To give an example- my mom(Yasmin Ullah) is a teacher and she teaches maths and science in 10th std. I could see the routine hurdles she is facing in delivering her services and it’s not easy.

But she is trying her best and the intent is there. I hope all the teachers across the country are doing the same.

The digital divide has so far extended across India.

Challenges:

  • Not every student can afford to buy a mobile or a laptop. It is affecting studies. 
  • Both teachers and students are facing internet connectivity issues .
  • Lack of personal interaction.
  • Electricity outage or no electricity 
  • Conducting tests has become a challenge. The question papers have become mostly multiple choice questions as it is not possible to have subjective questions.
  • To keep  track of the students during tests and their conduct also becomes difficult.
  • One of the biggest challenges we teachers are facing is how to keep students on board and also difficult to avoid their distractions from other social networking sites during the learning period.
  • Turning teaching materials into digital format at short notice has been a challenge as few teachers have strong digital and ICT skills.

Advantages

Allows innovative methods of teaching with the help of technology and online tools

  • Allows reaching out to a large number of students across geographies
  •  Especially useful for distance learning
  •  No disruption in learning because of the pandemic
  • Listening to recorded and live conversations and working at their own speed
  • The most important step is to stay in touch with teachers and inform them about what’s happening. They will hopefully understand and be flexible about the situation, perhaps even recording class sessions as a backup.

Way forward

Distractions and Time Management

Try to think about building a schedule – figuring out when you’re going to do what you’re going to do and then sharing that with the other people in your house,” 

Staying Motivated

Understanding Course Expectations

students should be proactive in asking their professors questions to clarify doubts and be clear with the course content 

PARENTS AT HOME

As distance learning shifts childcare responsibilities during work hours from the school to the home, it places an additional burden on adults who may also be working remotely while lessons are expected to be going on.

Specially those in lower grades, still need constant supervision by adults during the day. Even if the supervision required is minimal, parents may still need to assist their children with schoolwork.

For many parents and students, this period is also their first exposure to distance learning, which they may find difficult to manage because of technical difficulties, working with multiple children, or feeling unprepared to provide instructional support.

One possible solution: Parents forming support groups via social, personal, or professional networks so that each parent can serve as an ‘expert’ in a subject matter and act as a resource to other parents or students within the group.

Whatever challenges are there, we shall overcome, education will prevail and we hope to see a bright future for the students.

Team NomadLawyer salutes teachers across the globe!