The Covid pandemic has put the whole world into an abysmal angst. Amongst every other sector, education has been hit hard by this uncertain scenario. As a consequence, students of every group from school to PhD are being affected.
The UNESCO reports that around 32crore college students have faced the direct impact of obstruction in education due to covid-19 in India. To fight back this pandemic, government has introduced many e-learning programmes.
Starting from school to the post-graduate students every school and institutions is providing online classes. Keeping an eye on the demand of time many e-learning platforms have bloomed during the lockdown.
But the pivotal problem which remains unavoidable- ‘Does these e-learning platforms are successfully providing education to every student?’ The pandemic has opened the cleavage of inequality in the society. From financial to social sector, there is a visible spectrum of difference. While some parents are struggling to provide a hand to mouth life to their children, buying laptops and mobiles for their studies still remains beyond the plausible horizon.
Even students from small towns and villages lag infacilities such as electricity due to which, this has become a major hurdle for the e-learners.
Not only the students even the teachers and school principals are facing the problem due to lack of knowledge of using electronic devices and updated applications for educational purpose.
To overcome these problems, union minister of education Ramesh Pokhriyal has made some guidelines and said “The guidelines will help the children, who do not have digital resources to get learning opportunities at their homes, with their teachers or volunteers. Apart from this, it will also help in our efforts to overcome the learning deficiencies of all those students who are learning at home through various alternative ways using radio, television or smartphone”.
The minister informed that the guidelines and models are suggested for three types of situations.
“Firstly, in which students do not have any digital resources. Secondly, in which students have limited digital resources available. Lastly, in which students have digital resources available for online education,” he said.