Due to the situation of Covid-19, most schools have switched to digital platforms or E-learning whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. Approximately, 1.2 billion children are out of their classrooms. Both students and teachers are facing problems due to the non-availability of the textbooks. Earlier, an order had been issued from the district administration stating that home delivery of books would be issued but did not come into action yet.
According to Jyoti Kumar, Patna district Education officer, that reopening of book shops and schools for selling books would be treated as a breach of lockdown and the department can take strict action against them. He also mentioned that All schools and book distributors are instructed to wait until the district administration issued an advisory and chalks out a plan for the sale and distribution of books.
Also, Private School and Children Welfare Association (PSCWA) made an initiative and wrote a letter to the Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, and seek permission to open schools for the distribution of books.
Ms. Shamael Ahmad, National president of Private School and Children Welfare Association (PSCWA), said that schools have drastically shifted to online and electronic teaching but children are not habituated to study online. One could never understand the need and importance of textbooks in online studies. The prolonged use of mobile phones and computer screens are impacting on the life of the children.
While practicing proper hygiene, sanitization, and social-distancing, the state government must give relaxation to schools to re-open to distribute textbooks.
Some disadvantages of online classes are as follows:
Other disadvantages include:
By- Sakshi Bhardwaj