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Online Education in Private Schools & Government Schools of India

By Apurva Pandey, 2nd Year, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) student at Symbiosis Law School, Nagpur

 

Introduction

With the ever-increasing #COVID-19 cases and #COVID variants swaying the entire nation, the routine of physical work came to a halt. It was exactly when people worldwide decided that it was the time a 'new normal' was adopted and hence the transition from offline to online was conceivably inevitable. While this transition was more or less smooth for people with constant access to the latest technology and the fastest internet, the remotely cornered groups had a coarse path ahead.


Such disparity can be studied through a microscopic view of schools and their ways of adopting online modes as a medium of imparting education. Is it the same everywhere? The answer is NO. Imparting education online might sound easy and convenient. However, the immense struggle behind setting up the entire concept is tedious. Adding to it is a problem of disparities present between private schools and government schools, which is constantly impacting the way they deliver online education. This disparity ultimately comes at the cost of the education of young children, and the pandemic is not certainly helping the situation.


Online Education in Private Schools

High-end private schools have significantly catered to the educational needs of those who can afford them. Not just mediocre but luxurious facilities and infrastructure has been the topmost priority of these private institutions. While this is visible when we look at the sprawling infrastructure and top-notch facilities physically, private schools try to make sure that the same quality is available online as well.

Most of these private schools are well equipped with proper infrastructure and facilities for e-learning such that students can efficiently study from the comfort of their homes. Studying, conducting examinations, correcting assignments and even taking attendance becomes an easy job in the online mode with the proper equipment.

Private schools and the physical support they give to vocational skill-based activities also give them an impetus to continue this in the online mode. With the resources most of the private schools have, online workshops and courses have been implemented to further the learning of both the teachers and the students.


The easy availability and access that private schools have provided to their students and teachers in the online mode are just some of the perks one can experience while being enrolled in a private school in India. The teacher-student ratio is considered suitable for physical teaching. Even in the online mode, it serves the needs through one-on-one interactions.


Online Education in Government Schools

The entire education process in government schools is utterly antagonistic to the ones in private schools. While an assumption cannot be made for all, most government schools lack the required facilities and resources to conduct physical classes smoothly. Conducting classes automatically becomes a complex task.

Access to the latest technology and internet requires the proper equipment. This is not possible till high amounts of funds are allocated for the same. Government schools often do not receive enough funds for proper conduction of physical classes, such that online classes are a utopia for most of them. Due to this pandemic, even government schools had to expand their Horizon to online teaching and affording all the heavy equipment is a tough job with a funding crunch.