Amidst rising concerns from parents, educationalists and experts, schools in Telangana on Tuesday kick-started the academic year 2020. In the line of the announced made by the state education department on August 24th, the state government gave a nod for distance education and e-learning for schools.
Headmasters, teachers of various government schools in the states were issued guidelines to tweak the lesson plans and e-content in par with the situations. The teachers were already learnt to attend their regular duties from August 27th. As per the guidelines, a collaborative adjustment learning system for e-education is being made available on Doordarshan, T-SAT network and the internet by the state government.
It is to the known knowledge that the schools were forced to close down abruptly on March 22 owing to the lockdown announced. In the previous academic year (2019-20), they lost 33 days and had to promote all the students without final examination while the teachers have lost 76 days in the 2020-21 academic year.
On the other hand, various student unions raised concerns as not even 10-15 per cent of the school children have access to mobile phones or tablets. It can also be noted that taking attendance and monitoring students’ doubts are the main challenges in distant mode through television.