The Maharashtra government has banned private schools from increasing tuition fees for the 2021-22 school year. A recent survey shows that the majority of parents prefer offline lessons if Covid standards are followed. What steps should the government take to ensure parents do not experience financial hardship; students receive quality education and private schools stay afloat.
No clarity from school administration
There is no clarity from the school administration. They always charge miscellaneous costs like meal and transportation costs. We do not know what was given up and what is still there. When we reach out to schools, they say it’s just a slack in time and not the amount of fees. The state government should step in and ask schools to charge only tuition fees. We are ready to send children to school provided the Covid standards are in place. Priorities for education-focused efforts after the coronavirus pandemic should include ensuring that school infrastructure and facilities are safe and that measures are in place to prevent the spread of the disease in the event of a future outbreak.
The issue of fees must be dealt with as a priority
We must come to terms with the new normal life and protect our children from the deadly virus. Seniors have to venture outside for a living. Parents, government and school administration should find a way to restart schools and free children from lockdown. We need to find an amicable solution instead of blaming each other. The issue of costs should be addressed on the basis of priority and other aspects in a phased manner.
Reopen schools after good planning
Many children are bored of online lessons and want to go back to school. In the new normal, we have to find a solution. All are mentally prepared to face the situation. The government should develop SOPs (standard operating procedure) for school education. As closures loosen and schools begin to reopen in parts of our region, now is a great time to take stock and consider the likely future of education. Plans to reopen schools should take into account underlying risk factors, including student attendance rates, percentage of economically disadvantaged students, student-teacher ratio, average years of teacher experience and the presence of vulnerable groups, including girls.
Paradigm shift in school education
To be successful in life and at work, they will need all the social, emotional and academic support through rich and flexible learning experiences that will be very different from their parents’ school days. Prior to Covid-19, there was a strong emphasis on the classroom experience. I think we’ll see a shift where schools create a foundation of inclusive, flexible, data-driven buildings and spaces that allow students to learn beyond these walls.
Develop new ways of teaching
There are teachers who teach in the traditional way. And there are great teachers who are also model learners. They learn with the children. They don’t feel like they have to know everything, but they do have to show what good learning looks like. Overall, this means inspiring students on a lifelong path of self-learning. And that can include learning about new technologies, which they can learn with the kids. If they can explore new ways of doing things, they can all grow together.
Education has gone beyond the classroom
In many ways, the classroom has become a physical barrier and just a way to hold onto the past. We are no longer bound by limitations that required us to have 30 children in a classroom with one teacher. Now we can rethink this model. It can be several teachers with several children. They can be places where children can move around more flexibly. They don’t have to do the same thing at the same time in the same way. Schools have been exploring this for some time – technology is changing the pass rate.
Planning a dynamic education mode
Water and sanitation facilities will be a crucial part of the safe reopening of schools. Administrators should consider options for improving hygiene measures, including hand washing, respiratory etiquette (coughing and sneezing into elbow), physical distancing measures, facility cleaning procedures and practices of safe food preparation. Administrative staff and teachers should also be trained in physical distancing and hygienic practices at school. The ability of teachers to continue to adapt and innovate will be crucial. What we want teachers not to be bound by the structure of a 40-minute class, classroom dynamics, or curriculum-related assessment, but recognize their purpose and mission as expand the potential of each student.
Reopen schools under strict safety standards
As many countries are slowly starting to lift restrictions on activities, the long-term effects of keeping schools open on community transmission have yet to be assessed. Some modeling studies suggest that reopening schools might have a minor effect on wider transmission in the community, but this is not well understood. Other studies are underway on the role of children in transmission within and outside educational settings. The government should promote and implement respiratory and hand hygiene, physical distancing measures and the use of masks in transport such as school buses, in accordance with local policy. The government or local authority should have to provide advice on how to get to school safely, including public transport. Organize only one child per seat and ensure a physical distance of at least 1 meter between passengers on school buses, if possible. This may require more school buses per school and, if possible and safely, keep the windows of buses, vans and other vehicles open.
Restart schools on a trial basis
In countries or areas where community transmission of Covid-19 is intense and in contexts where physical distancing cannot be achieved, the school administration should be required to report, monitor, test promptly and seek out suspected cases. Most parents and students don’t want distance education. The children desperately want to go to school. Even parents are ready to send their children to school. Therefore, the government should make a firm decision and restart the school at least a few days a week on a trial basis. The school administration should have to schedule and call each class every other day.
Prepare a flexible mode of school teaching
It is essential that schools plan ahead and consider what additional measures they can put in place to ensure the safety of returning students, teachers and other staff and that communities are confident to return their children. students at school. Going back to school will likely be a little different than what you and your child are used to before. Schools may reopen for a while and then a decision will be made to close them again temporarily, depending on the local context. As the situation evolves, authorities will need to be flexible and ready to adapt to ensure the safety of every child.
Reinforce future learning trends
Schools at the center of a community-based learning and support ecosystem are an idea whose time has come, and some of the practices emerging amid Covid-19, such as empowering parents to support their education. children, should be maintained when the pandemic subsides. School administration should need to involve students in accelerated learning interventions to reverse crisis-related learning loss and strengthen future learning trends. They should involve teachers in training and coaching so that they can help students catch up, and ensure that school environments are safe and protected and involve parents by capitalizing on their current involvement in learning remotely to improve future results.