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    Why can't 2020 be considered as a gap year in academics?

    The academic year 2020 is in pieces due to the pandemic. The management of educational institutes are putting pressure on teachers to conduct classes online, on students to tune in to the classes, not caring whether it is feasible or not, and adamant that parents pay the full fees even though the campus facilities are not being used and which form a huge part of the fees.

    Then there are fresh schedules for some of the year-end exam papers of 2019-2020, with the Board conducting the exam and/or the State Govt. insisting that students appear physically at exam centers with all due precautions. For some exams, State Govts. are issuing vague guidelines about considering the earlier academic performance of the student and forget the final year exam, simply promoting the student to the next class, but nobody quite knows what this 'earlier performance' means.

    There is the concept of a gap year when students take a break from academics to pursue something else. Why not literally consider this academic year as a gap year? The pandemic is global so perhaps not just Indian universities, but those elsewhere as well, could consider this 'gap', give the students direct admission to the higher class and allow them to start the next class straight next year. How feasible is this?
  • #698906
    The concept of a gap year in education is somewhat new in India and many think a gap year as the year spent to prepare for the competitive examinations. The purpose of a gap year is different and it mostly entails to explore one's interest in various fields. What I feel is a considerable time should be spent by the authorities managing the education to revamp the whole education system. Education has become almost like a protocol where one has to do such and such things to get admission to colleges/universities and the main criteria are scoring good marks. No attention is paid whether the students grasp the subject well or how interesting the studies can be made and it seems the only concern is to score marks. Does education mean to score marks only? Does it not address every aspect of life? The system in India is a stereotype and it's a one-size-fits-all education system. Education or studies should not instil fears in the young minds and the news of a large number of suicides after every board exams are disheartening. It's mainly from the fear of exams. Nobody can specifically answer why a student has to study a whole lot of things which she/he will never be able to utilize in her/his own life. As if for a student, life should revolve around books and examinations. Let there be a year gap to address all these issues by the authorities concerned. The students need a break and that too in a positive direction.

    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #698909
    For many courses starting from school level to university level, final exams were not conducted. For some courses only exams for few subjects were conducted and the remaining were not completed. At school level different boards have decided from class 1-9 students have to be promoted to their next classes without exams. Here the schools can take previous exams conducted in the year as a basis of their promotion. But the boards are interested conduct exams for X standard and XI and XII classes as they form the basis for getting seats in professional courses and for job getting. All universities they have to conduct exams to give degrees otherwise it become a farce in awarding marks and degrees without exams. At present in this competitive world leaving one year and continuing with higher course is not tenable as it hamper knowledge acquiring process of a student. So even in severe condition of this Covid-19 situation, student have to be fed with the through some innovative methods.

  • #698917
    I would welcome this suggestion if there is also a gap-year in our ageing.
    None of us want to be aged more and will be very happy if we are all considered as same age we were before the outbreak of Covid19.
    The first benefit will be that teenagers on the last teen years will still remain in their teens, Sweet seventeen s will remain there so and will not be burdened to be adults. Health Insurance premium will not be increased due to non-increase of age. Those who are in the superannuation age will get their service extended.
    But those who would have become senior citizen will not now get the related benefits. Political parties wooing newly becoming adult voters will be disappointed.
    Coming to ground level facts, I do not think that much has been lost now. In most states it was vacation. Of course some qualifying examinations are not over. Anyway life is not going to be shut down permanently. The relaxations allow people to do many things and people are coming out using relaxations. The residual examinations can be conducted with the precautions.
    Academic days are lost in our country due to various reasons. They are lost due to natural calamities, periodical elections, one or other protest by one or other groups and sections. No one seems to be bothered about that especially those who voice their views and criticise governments in this regard now.
    So let us wait for some more time. By the time we will have a better picture of things. There can be some very positive things like finding an effective medicine, or virus becoming weak and less infective due to changing whether or by herd immunity. Even if the academics start after two month, we can recoup the loss and make up easily. Till then the online classes can be continued and improve or improvise alternatives too.
    But if online classes are not begun, students will lose touch and drift away from academic studies and focus their interest in some other areas. That will be totally counterproductive. We should not surrender to the virus, but find alternative ways to move on.

  • #698965
    For the lower classes, say up to class 5 or 6, the concept of gap year could be very well a workable idea. But for the higher classes, especially 10th, 11th and 12th, they do require some classes be it through online or physically attend the school. They cannot afford a gap year. This is the period that they learn the most. For them, there is no other go other than continuing with their studies at full flow. For most, their results and performances from 10th to 12th will be the deciding factor for their career. In fact, not much has been lost by such students. Most of the lockdown period coincided with the vacations. Moreover, most schools continued with their education through online classes. So, the studies have not been entirely hurt. If the situation permits, the authorities may open the schools for the higher classes or they may continue with the online classes. In any case, students these days, being used to gadgets and computers from an early age, are very receptive to online education. For the lower classes, the arrangement for a gap year could be very well considered.
    Patience and perseverance pays

  • #698969
    Considering this year as a gap year may not be welcomed by many people. The first reason is that all the parents paid their money for fees and other expenses. If the year is treated as a gap year, the parents have to pay the fee for the same year again as schools already collected the fees and they have to pay the salaries of teachers and other staff and at the same time they don't want to lose their profit. So it will be an extra burden for the parents.
    When there was a separate Andhra Moment in the year 1973, I was in my first year of graduation and colleges and schools were closed for more than 4 months. Even that year also there is no declaration as break year at that time also. Only that academic year started late and they have adjusted the time within the next 2 or 3 academic years. The same thing they may do now also.

    always confident

  • #698987
    What do the ministers do when they visit other countries in the name of learning, knowing, or to know the working. Is it just a family tour or do they really make a study and make a presentation. It is high time, we take a test of all the authorities who have visited other countries with the people's money and have just returned without anything. When education ministers and other visit foreign countries, they can learn their system and the better can be applied here. In India, we still follow the platitudinous and it's a one-size-fits-all education system that is outdated and needs to be renewed.

    Except for the main years like the 10th, 12th, and the final year, other classes can be considered as a gap year in academics and promoted to the upper class irrespective of their academic performance in the same year exams. Let this year be dedicated to teaching children some extra-curricular activities and even some portion of the same standards through online classes so as to make their base clear. It can be through quizzes, elocution, painting, gardening, preparation for professional courses, mock tests, coaching for entrance exams, first-aid classes, some modern technics for improving concentration, memory, yoga, health care, housekeeping, budgeting, rights of the citizen, Indian constitutions, IPC, some modern software, cybersecurity, etc.

    “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in." — Morrie Schwartz

  • #698998
    What I feel that by declaring 2020 as the gap year for the academics it gives the black mark for every student as if they missed the exam and would appear later. And the government idea of promoting each student to next class can be considered because the past exam performance of the each candidate is already available and that can be considered the deciding factor to promote them. Any way for except the public exams no other exams are going to get credence elsewhere and therefore promoting the students is the only way out to avoid further confusions , otherwise there would be chaos later.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #699222
    I do not see why higher classes also cannot be considered for this concept. Why should we have a set mind that a student should enter so and so class by so and so age and have all this rigidity about academic years? This is an unprecedented health scenario, literally a life and death matter, so why should we not do something unprecendented? As we discussed in our recent GD, it is tough to conduct online classes and it is more like as though such an education would be available only to a few priveleged students.
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

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