“Online education isn’t a substitute for school education but keeps the learning process moving,” says Manish Sisodia.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has forced schools to start online teaching. The schools are conducting online lectures so that students don’t miss onto education.

On Tuesday, Mr Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi said that online education isn’t a substitute for school education and its purpose is to keep the learning process moving. In an interactive session with the teachers and parents of KGSBV School, a government school in Chirag Enclave were asked to review the online and semi-online education system enforced because of the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Sisodia believes that the students are facing huge losses due to the ongoing pandemic. The kind of exposure and growth a child gets from school learning cannot be compensated through an online medium. The main motive is to reduce the quantum of loss which students are facing and hence an online/semi-online class to gain education which is the need of the hour. “I understand that this situation is not adequate for children’s development but our motive right now is to keep the learning process moving. If the parents and teachers along with the 16 lakhs students of Delhi will start praying, we are sure soon we will be able to re-open our schools,” he added.

Mr Sisodia also said that the students who did not have online resources were contacted via a phone call. A semi-online pattern was introduced and the material was given to them. “The government has only provided a platform, all the hard work has been done by the teachers and parents” he added. He said that the corona epidemic is the worst crisis mankind has ever seen and gave the credit to the parents and teachers for the success of online education process.

Even without proper planning or training, they were able to achieve huge success because of the hard work of the teachers. Suddenly they had to experiment with the online mode of education. Sisodia said, “Today, after achieving the 98 per cent result in boards, even CBSE has started praising our teachers.”

Mr Sisodia said that he knows that this situation isn’t adequate for children’s development and he is also a father and doesn’t like that his son has to be confined with a room and laptop to gain an education.

The parents also suggest that the PTMs can be done through video conferences so that they can share their ideas and concerns with the teachers.

But why are schools and colleges charging full fees for the online classes? Shouldn’t the students be given concession?

It’s difficult for the students who belong to the poor families to pay the entire amount of the fees because this pandemic has stopped people from doing jobs to earn a living and for the rest of who are still working aren’t getting paid a full salary.

Even though the governments in various states have eased the lockdown, it isn’t a smart move to start school or college as the students are in very close proximity to each other and hence they’ll have to stick to online education for a couple of months more.

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