With vulnerability approaching over when schools would continue operations, a few non-public schools in the city, particularly the ones having a place with the ICSE and CBSE boards, have begun the new academic year online.
CBSE, ICSE Boards Started New Academic Year with Online Classes
Various schools in the city including Chattrabhuj Narsee Memorial School, Podar International School, and Billabong International school started their regular classes for students from this week.
“We have started the online classes for Classes 10 and 12. It is a good experience to use a wide array of resources available on the internet for online teaching. It is challenging for schools but also a very good learning experience,” said Kavita Sanghvi, principal, Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial School in Vile Parle. Most schools affiliated to the CBSE and the ICSE boards begin their new academic year in April.
EuroSchool and Billabong High have begun live classes through video conferencing and recorded sessions for the new academic year are also being conveyed. The learning is also enhanced with digital textbooks, Q&A sessions, and home assignments.
“We were very focused on first ensuring the safety & well- being of our students and once having ensured that we moved our focus on ensuring continued education during the disruption caused due to the pandemic,” said Prajodh Rajan, Co-founder and Group CEO, EuroKids Group which has schools across the city.
At Podar group of schools, parents have been given a ‘virtual tutoring plan’ wherein online classes would be led for grades 3 to 10. Contingent upon their grade, understudies need to sit for 3-4 sessions per day. The schools will likewise turn out virtual learning sessions for students of Class 1 and 2 in the coming days.
Experts however warned against complete replacement of classroom teaching with online instruction. Francis Joseph, from the SLN global network said, “Online academic learning cannot replace face to face teaching. Besides that, our teachers need training to be online tutors. With elite schools turning to online only instruction, disparity between privileged schools and affordable schools are bound to widen due to varying contexts in the student home environment.”
Teachers said that the experience has thought them to use the technology which they otherwise would not have tried.
“The only issue with the younger kids is that it is more challenging to keep them engaged virtually and avoid distractions,” said the teacher at a suburban school which has recently moved some of its classes online.