Teachers have been asked to follow up on students using digital means and identify the accessibility of each student to gadgets. They then must divide them into groups based on the availability of internet, phones, television, and radio. For those with no access to any of these communication means, teachers have to ask parents to identify neighbours who own such devices.
However, schools suggest this could be a tough task as several teachers continue to be on Covid duty and are yet to be relieved.
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“Although most teachers have been relieved, there are still some who are still on Covid duty. We have written to officials and the education minister himself has requested for them to be relieved,” said V Anbukumar, commissioner for public instruction.
The Karnataka high school teachers’ association said the number of teachers yet to return could be around 5,000. These teachers help with contact tracing, vaccination, and data entry.
A government school headmaster told TOI that many of the teachers in his school have not returned from Covid duty yet. “Classes are scheduled to resume on Thursday, and they are supposed to get in touch with students through WhatsApp and coordinate classes and lessons,” he said.
Anbukumar said he hopes teachers will do their best to reach out to children. “We had asked them to assess gadget accessibility and students’ competencies from June 15. We hope teachers have done that by now,” the commissioner said.
However, several teachers are skeptical of how much students will grasp and retain with WhatsApp classes. “We have formed WhatsApp groups, but many of them do not follow what happens in it. Their parents go to work, and children do not have access to phones. Sometimes, parents do not recharge phones. We have to see how many actually join,” said a principal of a government primary school in East Bengaluru.
Moideenkutty, president of the School Development Monitoring Committee, said: “We have made several requests to the government to reopen schools with less than 50 students in rural areas for on campus classes. Many children in rural areas do not have the facility to join virtual classes. They need to be on campus.”
Meanwhile, many schools have called for a parents’ meeting to understand gadget accessibility. “We do not know how many will join. But many parents who had come to get inoculated on campus have been told to attend,” said a teacher.
Mallikarjun Kodathi of Government higher primary school, Kodathi, said: “We hope to decorate our classroom and send photos to students on WhatsApp. We miss children on the campus, but we hope to get in touch with them tomorrow.”
DD Chandana classes are expected to begin from July 5 and a timetable has been released. Textbooks are available online, while YouTube classes and Deeksha portal have content available.
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