Kids caught between online classes, curbs | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: Children (up to Class VIII) want to attend physical classes and take part in the extracurricular activities in their schools as they feel online classes are not sufficient for their overall development, but Covid restrictions and fear are creating obstructions.
A teacher said students starting from kindergarten to Class VIII have already completed a year without going to schools or pre-schools in the state. Though the schools are providing online classes to their students, several schoolkids in rural areas are facing problems to attend online classes due inaccessibility of internet and lack of smartphone.
“Now we are going through a very difficult time where we have to choose life over physical education. We have to give priority to health. But it is true that students are getting frustrated by staying at home. We cannot give the feel of school atmosphere at home through online classes.
Even many rural students are not getting online education due to lack of mobile phones and other necessary gadgets,” said Rajesh Mohanty, president of All Odisha Primary Teachers’ Association.
A teacher from Ganjam said he feels sorry when his students could not get any education via online due to lack of smartphones. “We are interested to teach them physically but the Covid restrictions are put in place.
Students do not show any interest in online classes and they want to come to schools,” he added. Arpit Sahoo, a Class VI student of a Bhubaneswar-based private school, said he wants to go to school because he misses his friends and on-campus classes of teachers. Prasanna Bisoyee, co-chairman of Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha, also echoed the view of Sahoo.
“We can’t say the government should start physical classes for these students. But parents, teachers and government should take responsibility of the kids’ education in a proper way,” he added.

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