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The pandemic of coronavirus is forcing educational institutes to rethink their traditional ways of doing things and apply innovative technology.
FREMONT, CA: Almost 1.6 billion children were affected by countries due to the closing of their primary and secondary schools. The shift to online education has been inconsistent. In less than a week, several programs trained teachers, implemented remote learning and set up student support services.
Many are still struggling due to a lack of access to technology or skills. The disparity exists not only between countries but also within the educational institutes. Since K–12 education is primarily a local responsibility in several countries, students may live relatively close to one another but experience unique prospects.
In a remote-learning environment, resolving these inequities is a challenging job. School systems must adapt in several ways to serve students from a range of backgrounds. Low-income students, immigrant students, racial or religious minorities, students with special needs, students in remote rural areas, and those in hazardous household situations are all vulnerable and need customized strategies.
There are four priorities for school systems:
Maximize student learning and thriving- Even during a crisis, education is essential. In today's setting, providing high-quality instruction is challenging, but the challenge's severity varies considerably. The technologically advanced countries use a perfect blend to offer synchronous and asynchronous online learning. The less developed ones use a combination of television, radio, paper packets, and mobile phones.
Support teachers and staff- Teachers are expected to do a lot, mainly because many of them have young children to care for while learning new teaching methods. They are entitled to and need the support of their educational institutions.
Ensure a strong operational and financial future- School systems must begin preparing for various epidemiological and economic situations and be prepared to adjust if budgets are reduced. At any step, difficult decisions will have to be taken. There are no simple solutions. Even if funding falls short, it will be essential to keep these equity concerns in mind.
Maintain health and safety- The coronavirus is not the only threat to student health and safety. Low-income students often depend upon schools for essential nutrition. The home might not be a safe place for others. The concern over the viral threat and social isolation presents a challenge to students and staff's mental health.