Life should go on and as a result work from home has come up as a key solution amidst lockdown. Things have been managed in a way to not let the nation go into a complete halt. But one thing that is suffering badly is our Education system.
Amid COVID crisis, education is the most affected genre for a country with the youngest population and the poor literacy rate. To cope up with this problem, educational institutions and private schools have come up with an online method to give their student a platform to carry on with their studies from home. Universities like Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University are some examples of institutions providing study material through Whatsapp to their students.
But the question is, will the weaker section of the Indian population be able to avail this way of learning?
As despite the largest base of internet users, only 34% of Indian population could access the internet in 2017. Though online classes will definitely benefit the high-class society students but those who have no internet access and no equipment will suffer a lot. This seems to be a great downfall to the Indian education system.
(As a report from Indian Express says, there are 66,330 schools under the State School Education Department run by Zila Parishad and local independent bodies)
Also, If we consider a situation in Kashmir since August 5, Jammu and Kashmir is under lockdown after the centre took away its special status provided under article 370. However, they got some ease when provided with 2G internet services. But having 3G and 4G still banned, students of Jammu and Kashmir won’t be getting this facility of online education.
According to some sources, the lockdown may continue till May last and if that’s the case, we need to really ponder how we going to cope up with the loss of education with a method which is just like a half-built bridge to reach a certain destination.