In this period of distress, its not only the patients who are in trouble but also the innocent student who are following the rules carefully are affected through CoV. According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), more than 1.5 billion students and youth in 165 countries are affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Never before have we witnessed educational disruption on such a scale,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
COVID-19 pandemic has created a large time gap in the flow of education system. This in turn has created a pressure on the officials to take decisions for the betterment of student’s future. Ministry Of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has taken few important steps :
- Access to the National Online Education Platform SWAYAM and other Digital Initiatives of HRD ministry has tripled in the last one week – HRD Minister
- Postponement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) UG May-2020
- Setting up of Medical Camps in JNVs in the backdrop of COVID-19 outbreak
- Gross Enrolment Ration (GER) for females in higher education is higher than the National Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) – HRD Minister
- COVID-19 : STAY SAFE, Digital Learning Initiatives of Ministry of HRD
COVID-19 on Girls
Out of the total population of students enrolled in education globally, UNESCO estimates that out of 1.5 billion students, 743 million of them are girls. Out of which 111 million girls live in the least developed countries where their struggle for education is from ages and now they have a new enemy with the face of COVID-19. In the Global South, where limited social protection measures are in place, economic hardships caused by the crisis will have spill-over effects as families consider the financial and opportunity costs of educating their daughters. While many girls will continue with their education once the school gates reopen, others will never return to school. Education responses must prioritize the needs of adolescent girls’ at the risk of reversing 20 years of gains made for girls’ education. As governments prepare for indefinite school closures, policy makers and practitioners can call on governments to protect progress made in favour of girls’ education through these context-specific actions:
- Distance Learning Practices : n contexts where digital solutions are less accessible, consider low-tech and gender-responsive approaches. Send reading and writing materials home and use radio and television broadcasts to reach the most marginalised. Ensure programme scheduling and learning structures are flexible and allow self-paced learning so as not to deter girls who often disproportionately shoulder the burden of care.
- Guarding Vital Services : Make schools access points for psychosocial support and food distribution, work across sectors to ensure alternative social services and deliver support over the phone, text or other forms of media.
- Engage young people: Give space to youth, particularly girls, to shape the decisions made about their education. Include them in the development of strategies and policies around school closures and distance learning based on their experiences and needs.
Measures By Indian Government
Indian government has taken very strict and important decisions very quickly. School closures were announced differently in different parts of the country. On March 22 , Janta Curfew was announced throught the nation along with the lockdown process. Lockdown is till April 14 (untill further updates). All the colleges and universities are closed.Exams to be held are currently postponed.
Seeing the awful condition of the future if nation, government has taken some serious actions :
- CBSE had postponed all the board examinations that were to be held between 19.03.2020 to 31.03.2020. It was informed in the Board’s press release dated 18.3.20 that “date sheets for the rescheduled board examinations shall be communicated by the board through its website and press release after re-assessment of the situation.”For further info:PRESS RELEASE ABOUT BOARD EXAMS
- Universities had taken an initiative regarding studies in the form of Online Classrooms. Many of them are successful in practicing.
- In almost all countries, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to use applications to support communication with learners and parents as well as deliver live lesson or record Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) styled lessons.
- Adjustment of school and exam calendar.
- After knowing the conditon of Maharashtra, Indian Institute Of Technology, Bombay(IITB) has taken a step of switching the summer vacation time with the remaining semester. Therefore BTech. course of IITB will start from June 1.