The coronavirus pandemic has affected educational systems, leading to the widespread closures of schools, universities and colleges. Many schools and colleges have opted online teaching for students. The NCERT has started many initiatives including physical exercise, counselling, online books to make students comfortable at their homes during this lockdown.
Speaking during a webinar with Elets Technomedia and Digitallearning magazine, Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, NCERT, said “It’s not revolution in education system but adoption according to need and time. There are three stakeholders in education students, teachers and parents. We must teach students how to become good citizens rather than how can they earn from education. The silver lining is we were ready for such crisis.”
Major Harsh also said, “The impact is huge on urban schools. The bigger challenge is for rural and semi-urban schools due to lockdown. Online education has started in many schools and we have to develop new technologies for our students. The COVID-19 will have an impact on our school education. We have to keep social distancing in schools for at least for one year. We have to make staggered attendance in schools post-crisis.”
He also emphasized on the safety of students in the schools.
The MHRD has announced an alternative calendar and councelling facilities for students free of cost.
He also said physical schools are utmost important for children.
He hailed PM Narendra Modi’s action to curb Covid-19 across the country.
He also said all the schools must have written study materials other than books.
Major Harsh said parents have to play an important role for children in this crisis.