In India, the children of families who do not have smartphones are being left out of online classes as educational institutions across the country continue to remain shut.
In Goa, where I am based, many schools are foregoing Zoom sessions or “live” classes where the student has to be present in front of the screen for a fixed time each day. With erratic power supply and patchy network issues, we work instead with PDFs, videos, Google forms and WhatsApp.
With the initial novelty of online classes waning, other issues are becoming evident. The biggest one? Online schooling is a huge source of stress for parents who cannot afford to be online and connected.
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As early as in April this year, government-run schools around the country were predicting difficulties with conducting online lessons