Maharashtra: One-size-fits-all answer is not going to work, say specialists

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Printed: Might 23, 2020 3:55:47 am

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As uncertainty continues to prevail over the bodily reopening of faculties for the brand new tutorial yr, educationists really feel a “one-size-fits-all” answer is not going to work.

These specialists really feel a number of strategies of studying should be deployed as soon as faculties start. Whereas reopening faculties rapidly will not be being thought-about a good suggestion, faculty managements have additionally dominated out conducting a whole tutorial yr on-line.

In Vidarbha area, state board faculties often start by June 26, whereas in different areas the date is June 15. Though Faculty Training Minister Varsha Gaikwad, in latest remarks, expressed the division’s intention to start faculties as per the same old date, officers stated no plan has but been finalised. Final week, the minister and division authorities held a gathering with over 35 educators within the state, the place the final view was that faculties ought to solely start after July.

“We now have a 70 per cent attendance to our on-line lessons and have saved observe of the 30 per cent who are usually not in a position to attend as a result of unavailability of assets. We are going to manually attend to them as soon as faculty begins. Twenty per cent of our dad and mom have moved out of town however most are Maharashtrians and we’re hopeful of their return,” stated Rajendra Pradhan, president, DS Excessive Faculty, including that faculties that cater to non-Maharashtrian college students will face a higher problem of retaining college students.

Many faculties which cater to college students belonging to decrease middle-class households stare at a much bigger challenge of dropouts as soon as lessons start. “Our intention is to make sure that college students don’t drop out,” stated Janaki Hari, trustee of Swami Vivekanand Faculty in Govandi. “25 per cent college students don’t have web availability. We really feel faculties ought to ideally begin in July-September and we will then present additional lessons to college students who couldn’t attend on-line lectures,” she added.

Staggered shifts, reducing down holidays and cutting down of syllabus are some choices being thought-about by faculties. “We consider we must always begin from August 1, in two shifts by the identical academics. Though we started our yr as per ICSE timetable in March, on-line instructing can’t equal bodily instructing. Whereas we’re proper now administering exercise oriented syllabi, we must always have an everyday timetable June onward,” stated Babitha Abraham, principal, Villa Theresa Faculty.

Colleges are additionally bracing themselves to take care of dad and mom’ responses concerning sending their wards to varsities. “We don’t know what number of dad and mom could be okay sending their youngsters. So we’re a hybrid mannequin as a result of one answer can’t match all,” stated Anvita Bir, principal, R N Poddar Faculty, including that the varsity could contemplate instructing on-line on sure days together with offline, since house will turn out to be a constraint even when the energy is split into three shifts.

Plan A and Plan B have been defined to all dad and mom by Gopi Birla Memorial Faculty principal Dr Veena Shrivastava. In Plan A, an educational calendar has been charted out in case common faculty reopens by June 1. In case it doesn’t, the varsity nonetheless plans to start out on June 1 just about, by means of pre-recorded lectures and a separate schedule, stated Shrivastava.

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