Life hasn’t been the same since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, and rural areas have been badly affected as well. With schools shut down in rural Visakhapatnam, our school children have been at their homes as well. And while they’re safe from Covid-19 as we speak, the future is as unsure, as for everyone else. As plenty of city based schools are looking at online teaching methodologies, adapting them for rural Andhra is posing its set of challenges. Low connectivity and lack of smartphones, make it difficult for us to keep in touch with all the students. However our teachers are doing their best in checking with children about their welfare and communicating about health and safety measures.
Till a week ago, our students were also preparing for the Xth state board examinations. Support during lockdown was offered to them through Whatsapp groups and phone calls. Even the relatively technology unsavvy teachers, quickly adapted to this change, so they could reach out to the maximum number of students. The board exams now stand cancelled, as all students have been promoted, owing to the rising number of cases.
As Covid-19 spreads stealthily, looking after health poses a major challenge. Education, and how we take the classes for other students forward, is a question that only time will answer. While the state government did provide support to students through classes on TV, we hope that relevant solutions will present themselves, soon.