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How schoolchildren will cope with another year behind screens

Studying online can be stressful for children, teachers and parents. Some say there’s no alternative during a pandemic, while others insist that all will be well.

June 11, 2021 / 08:43 AM IST
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Aryaman Bharadwaj, a class 8 student in a prominent private school in the National Capital Region, is disappointed.

“My friends and I were hoping to meet after a year-long gap of staying at home due to the Covid lockdown last year, but it seems I have to wait for one more year. We had made so many plans,” he says.

So is Barnali Das Nath, a parent from Shillong, Meghalaya, who hoped to send her daughter to school for the first time. Last year, her daughter was admitted to nursery but classes shifted online almost immediately after the session started following the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Online classes are okay but not as good as offline. Teachers try their best, but as they are not physically present in front of the kids, I feel my daughter cannot concentrate properly,” Nath says. “Most of the time there are network issues. Further, these young kids in their entry years are missing a memorable part of their life.”