Education is all about gaining knowledge, and a tool to know the world around us. Right to education comes under fundamental right ensuring that all students should know the importance of education for a bright future. Today there emerged a situation where that very fundamental right is at a stake as due to this pandemic, many students find it is difficult to continue their education. Online classes are an alternative method adopted to compensate physical classes where students all across the world are facing difficulties. This is serving as a worrying factor for students across the world. Even though considered as a fill-in plan, people’s fundamental rights are affected. Educational institutions which was considered as a place of mental growth and overall development till now, is now acting as a reason for mental stress for many students. Keeping forward that many student’s education is remaining as a big question, some good changes should be brought for a bright future. Steps should be taken to reopen schools and colleges with proper guidelines as even theaters are reopened. More attention should be on how to start again all physical classes to ensure regularity and continuity in education process.
People have reached the level where many are ready to throw up all online classes and rush to schools and colleges. To further not affect the children’s life and future, it is best to reopen educational institutions with strict norms to be followed.
The year 2020 have emerged as a very challenging year to all citizens in the whole world. People made strenuous effects to survive during this period. Among several problems faced by India, one of the most arduous issue is the impossibilities to go to educational institutions because of which a new scope for the word “online classes” came into existence. Online learning has turned as a revolutionary alternative to traditional training. There are 315 million students in India among which we can find that around 37.4 million students were enrolled in higher education. In this current year, more than 90% of the corporations, and firms use e-learning market for education, compared to just 4% in 1995. When studied in detail, we can find there are more disadvantages in this new adapted process than advantages. All the precious features in the most respected word-“SCHOOL” is missing in e-learning process. Therefore, this should be considered only as a temporary method to tackle this pandemic as more resource full alternative should be introduced keeping in mind the future of all students in India.
THE ONLINE CLASSES:
During the month of March, schools were first shut temporarily in March as a precautionary step to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But in the end of that month, all colleges, schools, workplaces came to a standstill position in India. Many students were first happy about their holidays being extended but later during the month of June when online classes were announced to get started, it was like their small blast of happiness was burst open. The truth to be told, a total of 320 million learners in India has been adversely affected because of which there is a subsequent shift to online education. This is adversely affecting both the physical and mental health of students.
India has the largest school systems next to China. But the worrying factor is, a large proportion of children do not have access to online education. Only 24% of houses possess equipment like smartphones and computers for online classes. This will seriously affect the future of more than 200 million people. The Fundamental right to learn under Article 21 brought under 86th amendment to the constitution of India in 2002 which was then provided for follow-up legislature, and then finally Right to Education Act, 2009 will also be adversely affected.
The importance of education can be well understood in a case named Mohini Jain v. State of Karnataka and others [(1992) 3 SCC 666], where the court held that right to education is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution and that dignity of individuals cannot be assured unless accompanied by right to education.
According to a report, around 32 million students are already out of schools even before pandemic, among which the majority belonged to socially disable class in the country. The online classes have so many negative effects on students as well as on teachers some of which are as follows:
Lack of focus and excessive screen usage time.
Online courses require more time than physical presence classes.
Requires strong motivation, and time management skills.
Will create a sense of isolation.
Lack of communication skills development due to no interaction among students.
Lack of quality education as e-classes are most suitable for fast learners while slow learners are left behind.
It is found that only 47% of Indian households receive electricity for more than 12 hours and still more than 36% of schools in India operate without electricity. Beside accessibility stress and affordability, we still can find many disadvantages.
There is more than education in life to consider about in thought times like these. Taking care of ourselves and making sure we are not affected by Covid-19 are important among them. Making education available is also one of the most important job of government as like life of a person, the future citizens are important for a country. Therefore it becomes important job for the whole country to think of some ways to continue the process of education. But just because the sake of continuing the process of education and learning, it is not a wise decision to do whatever needed without keeping the students comfort or benefits forward. Online classes have become one of the biggest reason of stress or isolation for students. What has to be kept in mind is even though the word “EDUCATION” plays an important role, mental health is much more important as no decisions should be taken keeping that at risk.
Alternative ideas should be considered like making online classes more lively, reducing the time of online classes, giving maximum number of holidays, ensuring compulsory participation of students and the government should also start thinking about various ways to reopen schools and colleges in the safest way possible as this can’t be a permanent solution to be looked and relied upon.
We people can understand as only out of options we choose this as way out to atleast continue education during these times. But education is very important for the overall development of a country. So taking all the above points into consideration, it is best for students to not continue this temporary measure and think of a possible way to open classes soon. There are numerous others ways to provide quality education other than e-learning. Therefore a good forward looking decision should be taken to ensure success to all the future citizens of our country.
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