FairGaze, the largest engagement ecosystem for school community, conducted a survey in which 89% agreed that the schools need to change the way curriculum is taught and 47% agreed that school teachers should start using online education portals instead of course books.
The survey commissioned in January 2020 focused on the school community including the school, students, parents, authorities and other education industry stakeholders.
Interestingly, an overwhelming 58% do not agree that online education portals will replace schools and 55% feel that online education portals do not teach better than school teachers. However, over 45% agree that online content will replace course books in schools.
Major Harsh Kumar, Secretary, NCERT said, “At the outset online education portals cannot replace schools. However, at this time of crisis we need to evolve innovative methods of learning and online education portals are the answers. This pandemic has compelled us to implement a mixed method of teaching. This will certainly enhance the roles of organisations like FairGaze.”
The fast paced developments and fluid evolving situation are leading new directives. A case in example is the order by R Meenakshi Sundaram, Education Secretary, Uttarakhand, directing all government and private schools to stop collecting fees until the situation normalises. Gujarat State School Management Federation, with over 3,700 schools as members, are looking at returning two months fees to the parents.
In another survey, parents have voiced their fear of sending their children to school even after the lockdown is lifted considering the vulnerability and susceptibility of young children to COVID-19 pandemic.
Ranju R Pillai, Chief Relationship Officer at FairGaze said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the school fraternity to reinvent the education delivery to children in very innovative ways including use of technologies and adoption of online course curriculum.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed the schools and educators to adopt new ways to teach children and that far too quickly than anyone could ever imagine. And surprisingly, FairGaze finds that the school community is rising very well to the challenge.
FairGaze is the largest school engagement ecosystem for holistic development, which works with various stakeholders and policy makers, including organisers of premium events associated with education industry. FairGaze engages with over 350,000 students from over 13,000 schools across India. FairGaze works with schools to help manage their newsletter promote the sports and cultural functions of the schools and recognise the achievements of the students.