January 20, 2021
TED NewsDesk, Kochi: After 10 months of closure due to COVID-19, Kochi government gave its consent to reopen the schools for 10th and 12th to assist students in their board exam preparations. However, the teachers are finding it hard to manage things amid Coronavirus restrictions. The schools divided the students into various groups to ensure social distancing. As a result, they have to deliver the same lecture twice or thrice to these groups of students. Additionally, they also take online classes for the students who have opted for the online mode which increases their workload considerably.
Previously, the Victers channel telecasted online classes for Std. X as a part of the ‘First Bell’ project. After the channel stopped its telecasts, the workload of the teachers doubled. Now they need to make sure that students do not miss on any topic either online or offline.
“The main focus now is to prepare students for the model exams. The sessions in the school will be supplemented with online classes. Students were asked to come prepared to ask their doubts in each subject and teachers were given duty accordingly. But clearing of doubts usually ends up in detailed lecturing on each topic just like normal classes,” said a high school teacher in Ernakulam.
Now the government has relaxed some of the restrictions to make teaching easier. Schools have now more students to each group to reduce the number of groups and lectures.
When asked about the state government’s decision regarding the examinations, the teachers suggested postponing the dates to provide extra time to the students for preparation.
“The government has already said that portions will not be reduced and now they issued focus area with the preface that the topics mentioned in it are important for discussions and analysis. However, many teachers have complained that it is ambiguous as students are skipping other portion with the hope that questions from that lesson will not be there in the board exams,” said aided higher secondary teachers’ association S Manoj.
Each school under CBSE has to arrange online sessions on its own as they do not prefer Victers classes. As a result, the situation is worse in CBSE schools.
Source: Times of India