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?