Online learning : reality in the hinterlands

Khanapurkar, Rammohan (2020) Online learning : reality in the hinterlands. Learning Curve (8). pp. 82-84. ISSN 2582-1644

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The disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic put India’s education sector in a tight spot. It had either to adopt the new system of online education or languish with the offline one. The choice of online education ended up being a heavy burden for many schools, especially those in the under-served hinterlands, the primary reason being the absence of critical infrastructure to make the change seamless. It made critics question the sudden advocacy for digital education on a pan- India scale. In Maharashtra, surveys like the Active Teachers’ Forum showed the discouraging reality of the ‘digital divide’. In a mitigatory effort, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) issued the Alternative Academic Calendar (AAC) for students which laid out guidelines for teachers, students and even parents to ready themselves for online education during the lockdown period. However, these guidelines presume a certain digital preparedness and resourcefulness in adopting online education.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Khanapurkar, Rammohan
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, School and Society
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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