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Coronavirus pandemic| As schools shift classes online, a lot to learn and unlearn, for teachers, students & parents

Schools have tried to ensure that academic continuity is maintained through virtual classes, but technical glitches, unstructured lessons, lower engagement and connectivity issues are concerns.

April 08, 2020 / 02:46 PM IST

Thirty-six-year-old Ravi Rajan’s two children have been attending classes over a virtual platform since March 30. The children, 11-year-old Sharan and six-year-old Tanvi are able to attend e-school only on alternate days. Reason? Rajan only has one laptop which is used for his office work as well. The result is that the children’s attendance will be impacted.

“These are not small sessions but regular school lessons from 8am to 2pm. We don’t have the infrastructure to enable both the children to attend e-school at the same time. Due to this, they will miss out on the classes and will find it tough to catch up when school reopens,” Rajan said.

Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has led to a lockdown leading to schools temporarily shutting down, the new academic year has begun across these institutions on a digital mode. While some schools have begun full-fledged e-classes, the rest have sent assignments to be completed on the computer/laptop.