Since March, the whole country is witnessing lockdown to suppress the spread of COVID 19. This exercise has not only changed a professionals’ life but also brought relatable changes to a students ‘ experience. This has also changed the demographic of learning from classroom to online mode.
And now as the students are facing hindrance to learn from online mode. The Ministry of Education has directed NCERT to form a committee to conduct a survey, which found that the” Alternative mode of learning does not ensure equitable learning for all students.”
The committee consisted of academic and curricular experts from NCERT, NIEBPA, CBSE, NVs, and KVs surveyed with over 34000 participants, including parents, students, teachers, and principals NovadayaVidyalaya, KendriaVidyalaya and CBSE affiliated schools.
The discrepancies in the new alternate mode of learning are due to the teacher’s uneven distribution of time, unequal accessibility to devices among the students, lack of support for learning at home, and inadequate knowledge to use the tools for educational purposes.
According to the survey, approximately 27% of students mentioned the non-availability of the smartphone and laptops. And the maximum number of participants have opted to mobile as a medium for teaching-learning during the COVID period.
The survey stated, ” About 36 per cent of the students used the textbooks and other books available. Laptops were the second most favoured option amongst teachers and principals. Television and radio were the least utilized devices for the teaching-learning in the pandemic situation. The absence of enriched interaction between the teacher and the students was one of the reasons identified by the survey. Most of the states use a physical mechanism to track students’ progress, as reported in the survey.
“About half of the 36 per cent students complained that they did not have the school textbook. Although the e-textbooks are available on the NCERT website and DIKSHA. The probable reason behind this feedback is that the students are used to studying from the hard copy of the textbook, there is a lack of awareness regarding the availability of the e-textbook and publicity of devices with the students and teacher”. The survey said to them.
Survey also mentioned that the majority of the participants pointed out that mathematics and subsequently science as a subject was hard to grasp via online reading because these two subjects have numbers of concepts that need continues interaction, monitoring, and supervision of a teacher and these aspects are lacking in the online mode of education.
The survey also said that about 17% of students identified language as a difficult subject to learn through online media.
“Many students and parents felt the need for the physical education class through the online mode, as physical fitness is the need of the hours to combat this pandemic. Arts education can also help to reduce stress and boredom. Around 10% of the stakeholder mentioned art as a subject of concern”. The survey added.
Based on the survey finding, the Ministry of Education has announced new students learning enhancement guidelines.
Union Minister of Education, Rameshpokriyal, also informed that the guideline and models are for three types of situations.
Firstly, in which students who do not have any digital resource, secondly, in which students have limited digital and lastly, in which students have the digital support available for online education.