One year of Lockdown: Education sector undergoes sea change

From rush of heading to schools every morning to switching to online mode, life changed drastically for student community

By   |  Published: 22nd Mar 2021  12:07 amUpdated: 21st Mar 2021  10:59 pm

Hyderabad: Life changed a lot for the student community with the Covid-19-induced lockdown.
The rush of heading to schools and colleges, interactions and chats with classmates and friends and even the excitement of playing on the school grounds – all went missing in a single stroke. And restricted to homes, the whole learning process underwent a sea change.

Even before the lockdown was announced, the State government sensing the gravity of the pandemic had shut down all educational institutions from March 14, 2020. The lockdown had come at a crucial time of the academic year when students were appearing for examinations and various entrance tests.

The State government took the decision to promote all school students to the next higher class without annual examinations. The SSC Public Examinations which were halted were later cancelled and all class 10 students were passed taking their internal marks into consideration. The Intermediate exams answer scripts were evaluated and results were announced with the government passing all failed second-year intermediate students without supplementary exams. The common entrance tests too were derailed and TS EAMCET which was usually held in May was conducted in September.

Online classes

The shutting down of institutions forced a switch over to online mode of teaching from the conventional in-person classes.

To ensure continuity of academics, the government launched online digital classes for all school and intermediate students and private schools and colleges too began online classes. Not just teaching, schools and junior colleges adopted an online mode of assessing students through video conference apps as well.

“Compared to others, the education sector was badly affected. The pandemic has changed the mode of teaching from in-person to online and now online mode of teaching has become part of the teaching process,” says Ch Ravi, a government school teacher.

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