It is no shock that education has taken a major hit as the pandemic rages on. The longer children are unable to see the insides of their educational institutions, the more they adjust themselves to the new face of education, over screens.

As states question whether or not to reopen main faculties or not, new research makes a case for reopening faculties and urgently.

An Azim Premji Basis survey of over 16,000 college students in main faculties discovered an alarming dip in language expertise and math expertise — 92 per cent of the kids have misplaced at the least one language capacity, whereas 82 per cent have misplaced math expertise.

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In an interview with News 18, the CEO of the foundation, Anurag Behar, expresses his concern deeply.

“It’s clear that the pandemic has caused enormous economic devastation. And therefore, it’s quite possible that a large number of kids may drop out. And therefore, knowing this, we must do everything possible to ensure that the most vulnerable groups, the most vulnerable families, their kids don’t drop out. We should fear kids being pulled out of school to work. We should take every measure to not let it happen. Currently, when people are talking about dropout numbers, that’s partly based on registrations or fees paid to private schools,” he asserts.

Moreover, he speaks of how taking school online just does not have the same effect as online school, despite all efforts that may or may not have been put in the same; “Even if you do a fantastic job, you can’t compensate for regular schools. Also, it’s not as though all states have done it methodically. Credit to those states that have tried, but most states have not tried it systematically. A sense of this is the mohalla classes, at best, what they have done is kept children engaged with their teachers — not really delivered conducted any real learning.”

He furthers that argument by saying, “In online education is ineffective because most children in our country do not have access to the resources that will deliver online education to them. Over 200 million school-going children don’t have access to resources. The second problem is physical space. In many families, multiple people share the same room.”

He stresses that the current scenario is nothing short of an emergency and urges authorities to have severe plans in place in order to deal with the discrepancy created in education since April 2020; “Now, imagine 210 to 200 million children are going to enter schools with a deficit. We need to have a thorough, rigorous, systematic plan as to how we deal with this, which can only be described as an absolute state of emergency in education.”

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