Monday, June 29, 2020
As the corona virus has spread worldwide, it is definitely affecting the education and it is important to discuss how it has caused an impact on education of WB in this crisis moment and what are the ways to provide best education, as education cannot be stopped. It has to be continued. The Policy Times (https://thepolicytimes.com/) had organised a Webinar on Leadership Challenges and Teachers Transformation on Monday, June 29, 2020 from New Delhi to discuss the challenges behind education and how teachers are changing their teaching ways.
The show was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, the Founder- Editor of The Policy Times, with chief guest Mr. SK Nurul Haque, IAS (Retd), Chairman of Indian Red Cross Society & Chief Advisor- GD Study Circle, GD Charitable Society, Kolkata and Ex- Chairman of West Bengal Public Service Commission, Prof. Dhrubojyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice- Chancellor of SNU, WB, and with some eminent speakers including Mr. Samsul Alam, Headmaster of Muraliganj High School (H.S), Mr. Shahidur Rahman, Headmaster of Rahatpur High Madrasah (H.S), Md. Najar Hossain, Headmaster of Naimouza High School (H.S), Md. Sahajan, (TIC) Kanua Bhabanipur KRHN Madrasah (HS), Md. Ajijur Rahaman, headmaster Jam-e Hossainia C.R. High Madrasah (HS), Md. Aminul Islam, Headmaster, Sukanta Memorial Vidyapith, Mr. Moklasar Rahman, TIC, Sarbamangala High School (HS), Syed Matiur Rahaman, Headmaster, G.S.A. High Madrasah(HS), Md. Ajijur Rahaman, TIC, Jalaipur High Madrasah (HS), Md. Sajahan, Headmaster of Achin Tala High Madrasah (HS), Mr. Ataur Rahaman, Headmaster of Golapganj High School (HS), Mohd. Ameen Sarkar, Headmaster of Naikanda High Madrasah (HS).
Mr. Akram Hoque started the show by throwing light on the topic of discussion. The main purpose of the show was to discuss how the teachers are directing the students in their career, and how they are providing education and continue to facing different problems and how they are fighting the problems and how they are foreseeing the future.
Prof. Dhrubojyoti Chattopadhyay threw light on the how the government institutions in the villages will cope up with this situation. Prof. Chattopadhyay said, “We need to bring a new method to reach the students. It is the duty of the teachers and all the education leaders to reach out to the interior parts of the society with this new method of teaching and how it works and teach them in a way as it reaches all. We have suggested the state governments that we have formed a pattern to take class and exams in a new method and in this method both the parties have to take responsibility and for that we need to reach internet to the interior parts”.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t7L_VSKyBg
Headmaster Shahidur Rahman made his introductory remarks by thanking the Policy Times; he stated, “We have started online mediums of teaching and we have started sending assignments to the students and the students who come from a distant village and there are no communications with those students”.
Kanua Bhabanipur KRHN Madrasah (HS) School have started WhatsApp group for teaching but network issues have become a big problem. But only 20% students are responding to such initiatives. The school have arranged a mid- day meal and along with that a question paper will be send to the students for further development, stated Mr. Md. Sahajan.
Headmaster Md. Aminul Islam said, “As the schools are in villages a large section cannot afford to buy smart phones and those having it’s of no use due to network issues. And we were not ready for the Covid- 19 situation, and as many students belonging to the marginal sections are not familiar with online classes”.
Mr. Moklasar Rahman, TIC, from Sarbamangala High School (HS) facing irregularity of students though they have created a help desk for online teaching of students. He mentioned, “Very few students are attending because the area is in the interior, at first there were only 5% students joining for online classes, which has increased to 10% and now it has grown to 15%. The students follow a routine according to the syllabus and the students solve by sending the lessons. Their main problem is connectivity, as network is always not available in the area due to which all time connections with the students is not possible”. He focused on digital connection that needs to be fixed as their school is in interior area.
Mr. Syed Matiur Rahaman focused on the lack of smartphones, as the schools are in the villages the parents are not in favour of giving smart phones to students as they believe the students will then become inclined towards phones. Md. Ajijur Rahaman agreed with Mr. Syed with the smartphone issue and brought the wider picture of using smartphones, he mentioned, “As our schools are in villages many students come from the marginal sections and many are not aware of the use of the smart phones and moreover many are not in the favour of using mobile phones”.
Headmaster, Md. Sajahan thanked Mr. Hoque for coming up with this issue and focused on using the digital platform for future education. Mr. Sajahan said, “Covid- 19 has caused a devastating situation now and will create in the future more, and as a result we have to take up the digital platform for future. So, it is now to accept the crisis and we have to convince and make our students ready for the future”.
Headmaster,Mohd. Ataur Rahaman started the show by introducing the students who are doing the online classes are at sometimes misusing the use of mobile phones. He added, “To avoid such issues parents have to keep an eye on the students”. Another speaker for the day, Headmaster, Mohd. Ameen Sarkar started the show by saying,“The Covid- 19 situation is giving all of us a new lesson.” Mr. Sarkar said that the online classes are engaging 30 to 40% students especially in the village area as most of the parents are migrant workers. The online classes have led students to commit suicide as it is creating a pressure on the parents. The parents in the village area are also not responsible for the studies of the students they do not take interest.
The Chief Guest for the session, Mr. SK Nurul Haque summarised the session by saying that as the people in villages cannot afford to buy smart phones and internet connection is a big issue, so we need to stabilise the internet facility in these areas. WEBEL is a sector, which have taken Wi-Fi facility to very interior parts, so it is a request to the teachers to request the state governments to facilitate students and teachers with such Wi-Fi connection. Mr. Hoque requested the teachers to provide students android phones as a form of donation by taking help from the different leading companies or the party leaders in that area.
The show was ended by Mr. Akram Hoque, by saying as long as tuition is a part of the education society education will not flourish in India. It is a biggest threat of Indian education and if someone is providing education apart from school not a single amount should be charged.
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