As the severity of coronavirus has increased not only in India but all around the globe, suitable measures are also being taken. Education sector adapted to the situation as impactfully like other sectors. More than 50 per cent of the educational institutions have shifted to online schooling.
Shifting to online is a good alternative so that students do not lack behind and most importantly be productive and do the most with the time they have in hand. However, in a country such as India where access to the internet is pitifully low, this new education model may fail miserably, an article by Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay of the Indian Statistical Institute questions. Mukhopadhyay argues that this distinction between home and in-general access to the internet is important during the current crisis.
In states such as West Bengal and Bihar, only 7-8% of rural households have any access to the internet while the proportion that has access at home is minuscule. Hard times need hard measures.
Online schooling may not be the most practical solution considering the lack of internet availability for everyone, but it is one of the best out of the limited choices available. It is better to give students some work than to leave them idle. Named educational institutes like Amity University, Christ University and others are offering online courses with engaging contents and knowledgeable learning.