LUCKNOW: As the war against coronavirus is getting prolonged, the resumption of classes in schools, colleges, and coaching centres remains unlikely in the near future. A numerous number of educational institutions are resorting to virtual classes to make sure the syllabus is completed.
Online sessions using tools like Google Hangouts, Skype and Zoom are being conducted and teachers and students are asked to stay online during school hours.
Lucknow University has released e-content on its website and has also asked the students to continue their studies online. Teachers are asked to constantly update and upload content associated with their subjects.
A private school from Rae Bareli road has been conducting online classes since Monday for classes 9 and 10.
Children in junior classes are being given homework and assignments to do from their homes and have the choice of contacting their teachers to solve their doubt related to studies.
However, an educator from the school said that virtual learning wasn't as simple as it seemed. "Teaching online isn't as effective. Sometimes, students tend to mute teachers or one another. We cannot handle such issues as online classes aren't the answer," she said.
Virtual classes are a drag for science students since experiments can't be done online. Students are required to be physically present to know the topic being studied.
Teachers of another prestigious school in Prayagraj said that group discussions often turn out to be a mockery of sorts.
"Students are talking over one another. They're not following the format of the conference and marking them becomes difficult," a teacher said.
In Varanasi, some schools have asked teachers to stay present within the school so students can call them up or connect online to resolve their problems regarding studies.