STUDENT'S FUTURE AT STAKE OR SAFETY

Covid-19 has changed the way we live. We are living a 'new normal'. From going outside for grocery shopping to leaving the house for a peaceful walk, we never forget to carry a mask and sanitizer. The way we lived before, careless about touching different surfaces being in close contact with everyone without any fear, we have come to a lifestyle in which shaking hands with anyone makes us feel paranoid. Everything has come to a halt except for education. 

Earlier, it happened in a real school with a proper classroom and a teacher. Now, it has become digital and online. Online classrooms are not new. They were invented in the 90s but became a trend during covid-19.


DISCIPLINE

Pre-covid-19, the system was very rigid, students had no choice but to wake up early, get dressed, and go to school. In school, there was a studious environment with classmates and teachers. Students were actually scared to misbehave in front of faculty and completed their homework and classwork on time. 

But now, students do not have any incentive to follow rules. They just wake up, enter the online classroom, give attendance, and chill at home. Nowadays, attending a class is equivalent to lying in bed and watching a video. Many students misbehave or humiliate their teachers by sharing abusive videos or texts with the help of technical knowledge. An increase in leniency has lead to a decline in discipline.

FLEXIBILITY

Earlier, students only had one classroom but now it is not the case, their bedroom, drawing room, dining table, car, and even bathroom have become their classroom. Now one can have their class anywhere without any tension. 
  • No traveling to school.
  • No need for leave applications. (Even while traveling students can attend their class)
  • No recess time, can grab a bite whenever they feel like it.
  • Can attend classes in pajamas.
  • Have to follow certain guidelines and rules.
  • No need of standing in long hot assemblies.

INTERACTIONS

Earlier, clarification of doubts was convenient and effective. Not only students could understand it properly but the teachers were able to explain it better on the spot. Being online has reduced this student-teacher interaction. 
Earlier parent-teacher meetings were actually a thing. But now it has decreased. Only those who are not good at studies are asked for this meeting. 


TECHNICAL SKILLS

Online classes have proved to be useful in a way that it has transformed Indian education into a paperless system which is beneficial both for the students (easier for them to study abroad) and the  environment. Technical skills of both students and teachers are enhanced to a basic level. 
Earlier, there was no option of auto-correct in the student's mind. They made mistakes and had to learn from those. But now technology has advanced to a level that a person is not required to know all the spellings. English skills are degraded. Not only this, but calculators have also demeaned mathematics. 
A survey has revealed that 92% of children lost their language skills and 82% lost their mathematical skills.

SOCIALIZATION

Back before covid, students went to school and made friends. They communicated with each other. In school there are people of different religions and backgrounds, talking to them could be a plus point in socialization. But now, students are not able to talk to their friends in person. Talking on WhatsApp is very different from talking in person. 
For children who are new admissions, are not able to interact with their classmates. Overall, socialization has decreased among students and their mental health is at stake.