Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, May 29
Amid the pandemic, the biggest challenge for schools is to make sure that the studies of students don't suffer. Dr SK Gautam, principal of Dayanand Model Senior Secondary School, has been in regular touch with parents amid the lockdown. The school has been conducting special sessions with parents of students in which the principal also addresses them. Besides, the school has been organising online classes since March 23.
The principal said, “For every class, teachers have been giving extra time. They have been making their own videos, audios and practice sheets for the students of every class. The teachers have been sharing the online study material with the students and parents are happy with the method.”
When asked how the present scenario would change the education system, Dr Gautam said the post-Covid scenario will be more technology-oriented and it will create an altogether new paradigm of education. He added that learning alone from books will not be enough. Students will have to go on other platforms to get reliable content.
“Initially when online classes started, the teachers were hesitant in using technology as they were not acquainted with it. But, the time has proved that technology is going to stay and learning from home is going to be the need of the hour. We will have to depend more on virtual classes and technology,” he added.
On regular interactions with parents, he said, “I have been asking them to encourage positivity in their wards. This problem has also given them a unique opportunity wherein they can spend time with their children and teach them ethical and moral values. Usually, they don't get time to spend with them due to their busy schedule. Now, they must utilize the free time and stay safe at homes.”
He also talked about the problems and concerns parents were sharing with him. “The students who are from far flung areas complain of poor Internet connectivity. Parents are also concerned that the excessive use of mobile will affect their eyesight. Technology should not be mishandled, especially in case of the teenagers,” he said.
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