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June 4, 2020

E-learning need of the hour

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During this covid19 pandemic, physical education is suffering almost all over the world, schools have been shut and over 1.2 billion children are out of classrooms. Yesterday's news of a girl in Kerala who died only because she was unable to attend online classes and want of a smartphone. Kerala HC criticized this initiative without having much access. As per Article 21A, education is every child's fundamental right and many schools are demanding fees and showing rude behavior towards those who are not paying. even before covid19, there was already adoption of E-learning but only by some sections [upper class, upper-middle-class or middle class]. India while promoting Digital India Initiative for E-learning also facing certain issues like the digital divide, electricity access, internet access and many more. The government is taking certain steps to provide infrastructure in-country.

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 Advantages of E-learning                                                                                                            
It provides flexibility which enables individual to learn from anywhere, anytime according to their own preference. It will be beneficial to many working professionals especially females who are engaged with services or even housewives who can't buy much time to travel for offline classes.            
Many researches have declared that e-learning is a great tool to increase retention of information. Through its videos and practical activities it engages child in deep and better learning which increase time retention of information in child's mind. it will become fun for them to learn. E-learning has quantitative outcome to raise employment opportunities. Again it can be used by multiple people and many companies are now giving recognition to online degrees and even these degrees are approved by Distance Education Council [DEC] of India.                                                                                                                                              
Child or individual can learn on his\her own pace. Videos can be paused and rewind for better understanding and many features of voice speed, auto translation capabilities are helpful for those which cannot manage offline classes. Now-a-days exams are also taken online. E-learning has accustomed to almost an exact exam atmosphere.      

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   Issues for India to implement the E-learning system                                                  
One of the major issue is electricity. Though govt. claims as pre its SAUBHAGYA SCHEME it has made 99% India electrified. But govt.'s definition of electrification is different, like if some houses in a village have electricity then that area will be qualified as electrified it does not mean every house is electrified. Is electricity is available 24 hours, if we think about rural areas, it is clearly no, even in urban areas it is not available 24 hours as we all know frequent power cuts are a big hurdle. As per MISSION ANTYODAYA a nation wide survey of villages by ministry of rural development found 20% of India's households received less than 8 hours of electricity and only 47% received more than 12 hours. 

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Second is availability of devices like smartphones and computers. In a country like India where electricity is not available to every poor house, do you think they can have access to such devices? Internet connection? Mostly children like to take classes on smartphones rather than computers. According to survey of 2018, only 24% of Indians have smartphones, which surely might have increased now by some percent (say 30% approx.) but even with this addition only one third of Indians have smartphones and others are non-smartphone users, especially in villages. If we consider those having smartphones, will they be able to give their smartphones to their child? Can extra phone be bought? Or can one phone be same at same time or if there are 2-3 children and only one phone which is used by father (generally). Those parents who are serious regarding education can do but a large non-serious section which exists in India cannot. There might be certain issues like if child starts playing games ,etc.

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Third is internet connection. In India we all get normally 1 GB data per day and if children use it for continuous 7 hours, will it be sufficient? Do people have extra data affordability? Clearly no, especially during lockdown period incomes cut for lower income groups and they might not afford it.                      
Fourth is digital divide, just like caste system digital divide is evident across class, gender, region or place of residence. According to data only 51% of urban and 27% rural population have internet access. Gender disparity of internet users in India only 67% are male users and 33% are female users. A peaceful environment and separate room to listen to online class is a luxury many can't afford. In fact in many areas schooling hours are the only for learning of lower class sections because of their disturbed household.                                                                                                                                                   

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 WAY FORWARD                                                                                                                             
Digital India Initiative includes many things like health, education, labour, employment, etc. Many colleges and universities are part of it and often online correspondence courses. Major events always push towards rapid innovations. Govt. should take steps which provide easy access to lower class first, because by doing so upper class will automatically get such policy's benefit.                                            
Role of teacher is vital and govt. should prepare teachers. In India 90% of teachers hadn't taught online, need more discipline on both sides. Education department should check and make necessary arrangements before starting these classes so that any incident like Kerala not happen again. Need digital infrastructure for country, which will be tough at first especially on school level but will going to help even in post-pandemic times to enhance critical thinking in student. In E-learning more emphasis should be on LEARNING rather than E.
Rajasthan govt. has started a good initiative of providing classes on radio platforms which is commendable and protects child from getting headaches due to increasing screening time as complained by many parents. DD national channel which is free and affordable by lower level. slot arrangement can be the subject matter if govt. tends to adopt.

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