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Maharashtra: One-size-fits-all answer won’t work, say consultants

Written by Abha Goradia
| Mumbai |

Published: May 23, 2020 3:55:47 am

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As uncertainty continues to prevail over the bodily reopening of colleges for the brand new tutorial yr, educationists really feel a “one-size-fits-all” answer won’t work.

These consultants really feel a number of strategies of studying must be deployed as soon as colleges start. While reopening colleges shortly is just not being thought of a good suggestion, college managements have additionally dominated out conducting a whole tutorial yr on-line.

In Vidarbha area, state board colleges often start by June 26, whereas in different areas the date is June 15. Even although School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, in current remarks, expressed the division’s intention to start colleges as per the same old date, officers mentioned no plan has but been finalised. Last week, the minister and division authorities held a gathering with over 35 educators within the state, the place the overall view was that colleges ought to solely start after July.

“We have a 70 per cent attendance to our online classes and have kept track of the 30 per cent who are not able to attend due to unavailability of resources. We will manually attend to them once school starts. Twenty per cent of our parents have moved out of the city but most are Maharashtrians and we are hopeful of their return,” mentioned Rajendra Pradhan, president, DS High School, including that colleges that cater to non-Maharashtrian college students will face a larger problem of retaining college students.

Many colleges which cater to college students belonging to decrease middle-class households stare at an even bigger problem of dropouts as soon as lessons start. “Our aim is to ensure that students don’t drop out,” mentioned Janaki Hari, trustee of Swami Vivekanand School in Govandi. “25 per cent students don’t have internet availability. We feel schools should ideally start in July-September and we can then provide extra classes to students who could not attend online lectures,” she added.

Staggered shifts, reducing down holidays and cutting down of syllabus are some choices being thought of by colleges. “We believe we should start from August 1, in two shifts by the same teachers. Even though we began our year as per ICSE timetable in March, online teaching cannot equal physical teaching. While we are right now administering activity oriented syllabi, we should have a regular timetable June onward,” mentioned Babitha Abraham, principal, Villa Theresa School.

Schools are additionally bracing themselves to take care of dad and mom’ responses concerning sending their wards to colleges. “We don’t know how many parents would be okay sending their children. So we are looking at a hybrid model because one solution cannot fit all,” mentioned Anvita Bir, principal, R N Poddar School, including that the college could contemplate instructing on-line on sure days together with offline, since area will turn into 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 School principal Dr Veena Shrivastava. In Plan A, an educational calendar has been charted out in case common college reopens by June 1. In case it doesn’t, the college nonetheless plans to begin on June 1 nearly, via pre-recorded lectures and a separate schedule, mentioned Shrivastava.

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