No Karnataka govt order yet for e-class panel | Bengaluru News – Times of India
<p>On Thursday, education minister declared that live online classes cannot be conducted for pre-primary and p…Read More
BENGALURU: Four days after halting all forms of virtual learning, from LKG to class 5, the state government is yet to appoint members to an expert committee that it said would examine the issue and set guidelines. The government has announced the names of the members, but they have not received a formal order. Without it, they cannot meet or discuss the issue.
At a media briefing on Thursday, the education minister declared that live online classes cannot be conducted for pre-primary and primary sections. A day later, he asked schools to also stop sending videos of recorded lessons.
MK Shridhar, who was on the drafting committee of the National Education Policy; Niranjanaradhya VP of National Law School of India University; Rishikesh BS of Azim Premji University; and Gururaj Karajagi of Academy for Creative Teaching are supposed to study the issue of online education. The committee, which will also include representatives from private schools, must submit a report within 10 days.
But the proposed members have not yet received any communication from the government. Some members, in the meantime, have started their individual research.
“I learned from the media that I’m on the committee. I have started doing my own research, taking suggestions from domain experts. However, any meeting or discussion among committee members will start only after we get the official order. We will have to put in extra hours and effort to complete the report in 10 days,” said a prospective member.
Schools’ associations have not received any message on sending representation so far. Many schools have suspended online classes, while some are still holding them, saying the official circular has not reached them.
“Schools shut in March. The government had two months to deliberate these issues as it was clear that schools won’t be reopened in June. This is a matter of urgency and it’s sad that the government has not initiated any action. Deliberations must happen soon,” said Mansoor Ali Khan, secretary, Management of Independent CBSE Schools’ Association. “Learning has stopped and it’s back to square one for several students, who had just got into a system with fixed routines.” Commissioner for public instruction KG Jagadeesha told TOI that the said order was pending in the principal secretary’s office.
Meanwhile, the debate over whether online education should be allowed grew on social media on Sunday, with many parents, schools and educators writing that the ban on virtual classes should be withdrawn. There were over 7,000 tweets with the hashtag #righttolearn on Sunday afternoon. They were part of a protest by parents “against the arbitrary ban on online sessions”.
“My child’s school opens up the entire world to her through story-telling, makes her curious about how math can solve real world problems, uses language to introduce her to different cultures. Can a passive recording do this? Revoke ban please (sic),” tweeted Anusha Madhavan. Another parent, with the handle @iamshrutijain, wrote: “Learning is not restricted to academics, being a social animal, kids also want to see and interact with their friends and teachers. Which are the foundation of good mental health.”