UP Government issues an order to resume classes from May 20 onwards. It is a boon or bane for students learning from the screen?
UP Government issues an order to resume classes from May 20 onwards | Representational image
The Uttar Pradesh government has issued an order for all schools and colleges in the state to commence online classes for students from May 20 onwards. This announcement comes amid times when most of the districts in UP are under curfew or lockdown situations.
The school-going children learning from their homes for over a year are already battling between adjusting to a changed lifestyle, and now their cherished time of the year- the summer break, has been cut short by the government.
Reduced summer break
While many educational institutions and parents support the government’s step pertaining to advantages like extra time for covering up the syllabus, productive engagement of children during home quarantine.
This reduced timeline presents a new challenge to teachers and school management, i.e. engaging the students during those days, which were supposed to be a relaxing time for them.
Co-curricular activities are important
Some schools have altered their curriculum in a manner, that gives an edge to co-curricular activities during the months of May-June. Elaborating upon the same, Ms Seema Kaur, Principal, Pacific World School said, “Engaging students in art and crafts, music and dance create ripples of happiness and definitely breaks the monotony of seclusion.
As a school we believe in the holistic well-being of students, hence co-curricular activities have been an integral part of the curriculum even during virtual school.
In order to give a platform to students to learn new skills and keep them fruitfully occupied and active, the school plans to start hobby classes immediately as we resume classes from 20th May.”
Summer break: Most cherished time of the year for students
Sharing her views upon the same, Dr Poonam Gupta, Senior Teacher, DPS Azaad Nagar, Kanpur, said, “Summer break is always the most cherished time of the year for students as well as teachers. It gives both of them a break from the academic calendar and engages in activities which they love to spend their leisure time on.
The reduced timeline for this break is definitely going to be a dampener for the younger lot, and it would take some fun engaging workshops or learning sessions to raise their spirits for kick-starting the classroom learning effectively.”
Co-curricular activities during online learning
Mr Ashish Awasthi, Parent of Class 7th student, Pacific World School, highlighted that the intention of the government behind coming to this decision is positive and channelizes intellectual growth along with timely completion of academic syllabus.
He also added, “Planning co-curricular activities during online learning can be a task, but we are glad that the teachers and school management have come forward and delved into students’ area of interests via activities like dancing, singing, painting, acting, etc.”
Conclusively, the session has gone by and the one forthcoming is extremely different so the government coming forward with a guideline to reduce summer break does not come as a shock. Its sure does have two sides to it, which must be utilized by teachers and parents for the well-being and holistic development of students.