New Delhi : Covid-19 is an unfortunate situation that has upturned each sector around the globe and amidst all, the education sector is the one that is facing the greatest impact. Online education is a very important part of education, but it is causing disruption. The system of online education is not short-termed and shall remain in India for a quite long time. Apart from the teachers, the people who should be aware and sincere about their engagement in online education of the students are the parents. It is seen that the more the involvement of parents in a children’s learning, the more the student tends to excel in the future. And thus to discuss on ‘How Schools can Engage Parents and Prepare for What’s Ahead’, The Policy Times in association with Sunrise University had organized an hour-long webinar on Wednesday, July 29 from New Delhi.
Dr. Anup Pradhan, Vice-Chancellor of Sunrise University, begins by saying, “Education and knowledge is the primary and basic necessity that works in the progression of any country. If education sectors can provide proper education to the children, they will contribute to the betterment of society. Parents are the first and foremost teachers to every student. In the case of online learning, now, the parents can very well look into what their wards are into, how much they are involved in their studies, as it is occurring all in front of them.
“Thus, the parents can support their children and help them in their studies. In the current online learning process, the schools in order to create a connection with parents can keep virtual PTMs where they can discuss about the students’ academics. If the students at any time are not actively reciprocating in the online classes, the teachers can directly have a talk with the parents. Many teachers are uploading videos of learning sessions on YouTube which the parents can watch and teach their children accordingly. At times it happens that the lectures prepared by the teachers are not understandable to some students, parents’ involvement in necessary in such cases”, added Dr. Anup Pradhan.
School principals from Haryana and Rajasthan had shared how parents along with the students can keep pace with the online learning mode. The schools have engaged themselves in introducing various innovative ideas. Whatsapp groups are made so that the school can share videos and study materials to the students. Teachers are trying to organize live interactions with the parents as well as the students; daily teachers are connecting to the parents over call and taking updates of the students about their studies.
As these schools are mainly in rural localities, there are many cases where the parents having a lack of education, in such cases the teachers are appointing some senior students to mentor the junior ones and guide them in their education. Apart from having a lack of education, many are poor who cannot afford android systems for online classes or stay in such places where there are no network connections. In such cases, the schools have urged the government to provide android sets at a low loss or arrange for free WiFi, so that they can make an easy connection with the parents and students. In most houses, the father of the students is out at work, for that the teachers ask the mothers to give constant support to their children so that they could properly study and be active in their online classes.
The Panel for the discussion had Mr. Vivek Singh, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School Taraori (Karnal), Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Dadar (Karnal), Mr. Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Principal of GSSS Chatarpura (Bansur), Mr. Kishan Lal, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School, Kheda, (Aspur), Mr. Mansingh Saini, Principal of GSSS Berru, Meena Hooda, Principal of Maa Saraswati Sr. Sec. School, Mr. Ishwar Chander, Pricipal of Govt. Girls Middle School (Thol), Archana, Principal of GSSS Nahoni Saha School, Mr. Bhupendu Kumar Yadav, Principal of Govt. Senior Secondary School (Jatganwara), Geeta Pal, Principal of GSSS Thapli, Mr. Anil Gupta, Principal of GSSS Bajekan, Mr. Satbir Singh, Principal of GGSSS Nathusari Kalan, Mr. Vijay Chugh, Principal of GSSS Kanwarpura, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Shukla, Senior Lecturer of District Institute of Education and Training, Alwar.