Karnataka Goverment bans online classes for students till 5th gradeKarnataka's primary and secondary education minister stated that students till 5th grade should not be having online classes. He also tells that the government has arrived at this decision after consulting with educational experts and medical health professionals. In the government statement regarding online classes, it was highlighted that schools charging fees for online classes will be penalized. For any Government's decision, there are both supports and contradiction.
Supporters say that it is a wise decision. Because it controls children's screen time. It avoids children to get pressurized in addition to the pressure they face due to pandemic. True that Children already were restricted to socialize, playdates, their favourite extracurricular activities that include martial art classes, sports classes, dance classes etc. So when they are forced to concentrate only on studies, it may be considered as pressurizing only.
Experts at the National Institute of Mental and Health and Neuroscience also recommend this decision as it helps the kids to get away from screen time and feel free from concentrating on the virtual class which they were not practised before. One additional and important factor is that all families are not affordable to this technology-based education, which may also result in a build-up complexity in kids.
When a few education and medical experts support it, what makes a few others contradict this decision? Early education is important. Socializing at this age is also very important. Though Virtual classes are not the exact replacement of actual classes. they at least meet some common attributes of schooling. Seeing the teacher, seeing the friends, group discussion etc can be attained. Many parents tell that online classes keep some daily routine of kids in place. Kids do their assigned works with their own interest, in order to show it to their teachers in front of other class members. They worried these things will get disturbed if online classes were disturbed.
True that children who are 4 or 5 years old may not sit and listen to classes for 30 or 40 minutes like webinar classes. But instead of watching rhymes and cartoons on TV, they can watch the shared screen of their teachers. Talking about the gadgets, Schools and NGO's may take initiative in reaching out to the families that cannot afford for the online classes. Public schools in the USA are providing Tabs and chrome books to their kids, provides free internet to the needy families. A country with high population may not help people like developed countries but schools and education-based NGOs should look out for the plans, as early education is also important.
Parents who work from home or Homemakers can spend time on homeschooling, but parents who go to work or struggle in balancing work-life cannot do this homeschooling peacefully, so these kids need some online classes from teachers, they need to see the teachers at least virtually and interact with them.
The people who contradict this decision also asks a question that what if the pandemic situation extend for a longer time? Working only on worksheets without making some interaction with teachers and fellow students will vanish their school life completely, isn't it?
What do you think about this ban? Do you support or against this decision? If online classes are banned for these kids, what are the ways to do teaching to these kids?