Compensating Academic Losses; Online classes for students if lockdown extended

Compensating Academic Losses; Online classes for students if lockdown extended


GUWAHATI: Faced with uncertainty over the lifting of the ongoing lockdown many private as well government schools in the city are mulling the option of starting online classes for their students.

While a few of the private schools have already started online classes, parents and guardians are putting pressure on other private schools to start the same.

“We are supposed to start our classes for the new academic session from the first week of April. We are now waiting to see whether the lockdown will be extended beyond April 14 or not. If the lockdown is extended, we have to think for the alternative option of teaching and learning. Due to sudden imposition of the lockdown in March the school could not distribute books among students,” the principal of a leading CBSE affiliated private school said.

The teacher of another leading school said his school has been managed to create full-fledged classrooms online by making the best use of online platforms such as Google Classroom, Google Meet and Zoom. “Right now we are giving home work to students and ask them to complete before April 14. In case the lockdown is extended we will start imparting lessons,” the teacher said.

“Even though the IT infrastructures in our school are not adequate, we will have to explore the option of starting online classrooms for students in case the closure of educational institutions in extended indefinitely,” the principal of the State board’s affiliated private school said.

On other hand the State Education department has asked the teachers of lower primary and upper primary schools to keep in touch with their students through WhatsApp and video calling. “Right now we are giving minor assignments such as drawing pictures, writing lessons and reciting poetry over video calling,” a teacher of a primary school said.

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