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Online Education – The Real struggle By Ravi Kamat

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Is online learning a success in Goa? Connectivity at some  places in the state is still a dream for many. A student who happens to live in a place with the accessibility of internet connectivity 24×7 is just lucky then the one who is struggling to even have proper signal. Even after having access to the connectivity, some don’t even have android phones or laptops as they cannot afford them. Online education is a big challenge to parents, teachers, and mainly for students as they lack the basic resources that one needs for online education. Just saying online education is good to hear about, but it is not the reality anymore after looking at what is happening around in the state, where many of them still happen to be in dark and expecting to have it.

Had anyone  ever imagine that such time will arrive  where online education will be the only option that one will have to opt for? Did we just miss out on planning for the future of the state? Is this the development that we all were talking about wherein basic resources for  online education are missing? On one side we all are talking about online education but on the other hand, we lack in providing basic resources as far as the weaker side of society of our state is concerned. Can the authorities take a note of this and help them out during such worst time when everyone is going through financial scarcity and problems. Helping hands from the authorities can take a huge burden off from the parents, teachers, and students as well by providing may be some help in the form of  basic resources to start and be a part of  the online education system.

We don’t know how long this Pandemic will be here or when will the vaccine be realised, with this pandemic  we cannot have normal offline classes at schools because of the certain protocols that need to be followed when you’re in public. Social distancing in schools is just a myth and not a reality that will be expecting it to be. There are many of the schools with no proper ventilation and proper infrastructure which will again create  havoc and just a red carpet for the Covid19 virus to spread its wings on the youngsters. Online education is a must and need of the hour. We need  to take proper steps in order to promote it. Proper planning by the authorities and the like-minded people who are ready to help the needy should come forward. The future of our country and state are struggling in their career due to pandemic and needs urgent attention inorder to get what they deserve.

There were a few instances where authorities had taken up the task to connect every household with connectivity by installing towers in every village so everyone could have access to the internet, but due to protests by locals authorities had to back off from doing so. Educating the local villagers and the stakeholders about the need for the tower in order to provide connectivity to every household is a must. The advantage of having towers in their village should be shared by the concerned people and should not be against it anymore as the future of every child lies in online education as of now. Way back then, authorities had started a scheme of providing  tabs  and laptops for all the students of 8th & 12th std respectively, which was  actually a good scheme but due to complaints from the parents and teachers of misusing them resulted in the closure of the scheme. The scheme was very beneficial for many who could not even afford to buy. Since now schools are not open and online education is the need of the hour the authorities should start the scheme for those in need.

Let us all support our young generations who are facing hardships in online education, as its a high time that authorities should focus more on the development of online education. It is the only way forward as the pandemic has taught us to be digital and we have to accept being digital as the one of the  new normals.


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