If the year gone by was a bad year for academics, the current year is worst. In 2019 at least till August 5 we had completed more than half of the academic session but in the year 2020 we seem to have hit a complete rock bottom in as far as the academics is concerned.
The online classes are nothing more than a joke with 2G network. A large number of pics doing rounds on social media show teachers appearing like extra-terrestrial creatures with their pictures getting kind of thinned out across the screen. Some times the class ends abruptly and no one is able to guess what next.
So the question everyone is asking is the obvious one: When to open the schools? Suppose the peak is over by mid-July and we decide to restart schools from August 1, what should be the strategy to be followed?
We must do away with all holidays to start with-be it Sunday, official holidays, Teacher’s Day or any other day. Increase the hours of active schooling per day in every school, be it a government-owned school or a private school. The job of the administration should be to intensely monitor the academic sessions in schools and ensure productivity is not compromised with.
We can increase the number of classes for subjects like Mathematics and Science-surely these are the two subjects where a majority of students have trouble in understanding the core concepts. We must ensure teacher availability on all days of the week and a ready replacement should be made in case of maternity leaves, marriage leaves etc. We can also postpone the winter vacations and from today only prepare for installation of heating arrangements in all schools-here the current state establishment can seek a special grant from the central government.
We hope we cover whatever academic session is lost till date in the coming months. We will not let 2020 be know as the ‘lost year’ in as far as the academics is concerned.