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New Delhi: An all-India survey conducted by the central government on Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools has found that online learning during Covid-19 outbreak wasn’t a problem for them.

More than 60 per cent of students, parents and teachers in KVs, JNVs and CBSE schools found online learning “satisfactory”, according to the survey which had 34,598 participants, including students, parents, teachers and principals.

The survey added that the central government has now started mapping digital divide in schools of other boards and private schools, so that it can come up with an alternate method of teaching for those who are deprived of the online facilities.

Such students will be taught through TV, radio, newspapers and other means by involving their parents in the teaching process, it stated.

The Ministry of Education Wednesday issued ‘Student’s Learning Enhancement Guidelines’ as part of which the survey was released.  

In the survey, 60-70 per cent participants said that online learning was “joyful and satisfactory” for them, only 20-30 per cent said that they “faced difficulties” and 10-20 per cent said that learning online was a “burden”.

The government survey also revealed that maximum stakeholders used mobile phones for their studies during the lockdown period, laptop was the second most preferred choice, and TV and radio were the least utilised devices for learning.

The survey further revealed that students found mathematics the most difficult subject to learn online.

Explaining the reason behind this, the survey report said, “Since, mathematics contains a number of concepts which require interaction, continuous support, monitoring from the teacher and these aspects were lacking in the online mode of teaching, it was found most difficult.”

After maths, students found science difficult to learn online as it involves practical components, which can only be done in laboratories and in the presence of teachers. 

Few students — 17 per cent — found languages difficult to learn online.


Also read: Online classes now a culture in Covid times, says PM, hails New Education Policy


Using resources at home to teach students

The survey has been conducted with a view to address the issues related to gaps or loss of learning among students during and after the lockdown. Following the survey, the government aims to reach out to students, who do not have any digital device, and provide them with need-based interventions.

State governments have been asked to conduct a school-wise survey on students to map each child’s accessibility to digital devices. 

Based on that, the government will intervene for students who do not have the required facilities. Such students will be taught through TV, radio, newspapers, food packets and other things available at home.

“For example, for a child in grade I, the learning outcome — associates words with pictures — can be easily taught with the use of resources available from or at home such as newspapers, food packets, things at home, TV programmes, nature, etc. All that will be needed is guidance to the parents,” the report said.

“In this manner, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly learning plans will need to be prepared for every learner for every grade,” it added.

The Ministry of Education has already come up with an alternate academic calendar developed by the National Council for Education Training and Research to address the learning gap created due to Covid-19. 

Activities in the calendar also involved digital learning. However, there was a need to reach out to students who do not have digital learning facilities.


Also read: JEE aspirants have to sign Covid undertaking to write tests as SC refuses to postpone exam


 

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  1. Total strength of students in class 260 children in each class but only 65 children are attending online learning and teachers not clear their topic .They are doing only his job one day almost teacher read one chapter nd child never understand and main point they not ask the question answer child is able ya clear the topic .Why should we pay they give chapter realte answer sheet by pdf .No activities. I am not satisfied for this . My child is not able to this type online classes. I am personally abserve this .I am almost attend the WebEx online classes but my child not do anything he is only play with mobile he can’t understand which topic read their teacher.

    Dear Parents,
    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world’s scenario in terms of safety and economy. There is no sector left untouched which has not dropped drastically during this pandemic.

    Central Academy has tried to make all possible efforts during this time, to ensure that the academics aspect remains unaffected.

    Each student by means of CAOL has been able to access learning material and make optimum use of their time, even whilst they are away from school all thanks to tremendous support and cooperation.

    Since the 6th April, we were able to initiate and carry forward the concept of E- Schooling through the use of modern day technology.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    1.) Considering the present scenario , the Management of the Institute has decided to offer 20 % Corona Concession of the total school fees, to each student, across all grades.

    2.) An additional 5% discount shall be granted to all those who shall be depositing the entire annual fees at one time.

    3.) The fees may be deposited online, using the ROUVR app or at the respective branch counter between 9: 00 am – 12:00 Noon.

    4.) To avail the concession – kindly deposit all due fees before the 31st of August 2020.

    *Looking forward to your* *support in future also.*.

  2. I don’t know about the numbers but it is certainly more effective than school.I wish there was some survey when students went to schools because learning in school sucked. Online is much better especially for average students. Student teacher interaction is just flowery talks and I have never seen an example of that in 16 years.

  3. This is satisfied by only those students who have not any problems at home mean they have all facilities from home as at home not do anything extra work of house like small work go market for buy ration for home
    Many of the students are not able own study at home because some of parents are not able to spend money for it
    Many students were studying at hostel they bring problems
    I am not sure to continue the e learning process because this is time of handworking mean do make notes free from digital as use of mobile phones upto 10 hours much problems to our health

  4. Lobbying by edtech companies in govt survey.
    Even 7 % students are not satisfied with this and most of them find it as only temporary arrangement.

  5. No it’s not true many teachers teaching online do not turn on their video and just dictate the question and answer. Without seeing how it is solved or without seeing the practical how to write the bst or accounts .. where to make box and where to write. I don’t thing 70 % students are satisfied from e- learning. In my opinion only 30% students are satisfied. Learning digitally and learning practically has very much difference. In practical teacher show how to solve the questions or how to make box in bst and accounts and write in correct form. So my opinion is that learning degitally in zoom app and sitting idle make same sense.

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