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Virtual V/S Real classes and impact on child’s health

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Vijay Garg
Second wave coronavirus had left its impact on all fields and all institutions and same was reflected on pre-primary and primary education. New Virtual classe room on various platforms came forward to provide online services for students, to continue their studies like zoom, Google classes, etc.
Their effort for that purpose is appreciable, as when there was no hope that Pre-Primary and Primary education sector will be able to continue its study work, these platforms provided a new life to education sector to continue their study work in online mode .
In offline classes there is mutual coordination between student and teacher. Teacher not only imparts knowledge but also there is transmission of feeling, emotions, which student easily understand. There is face to face interaction between student and teacher. Face to face problem solving and doubt clearance is key to offline classes. Classroom provides a favorable environment for students to study without any disturbance.
In online classes no doubt there’s transmission of knowledge but the transmission of soul is lacking there. In online classes there is possibility of disturbance like notifications, messages, etc. Student may get disturbed during online classes by another student by his/ her activities which are unknown to his teacher.
Primary level students are going to suffer from online classes. Day long classes will have a psychological impact on students of pre primary age and primary age. We can understand it, because online classes are going to affect their eyes, because it’s not easy adjust to the brightness of a mobile phone or laptop or computer for 2 or 3 hours consistently.
Doctors always advice to keep children away from mobile phone or laptop, small kids have experience problems of eyes and other health problems, but this pandemic has made it necessary for students to use mobile phone for attending online classes. We can call it a necessary evil. If they might not have been attending online classes then they might have to face an academic loss. Although online classes have a bad impact on our small kids studying in pre primary and primary classes but it is better than nothing.
Online teaching has played a vital role during the pandemic, but its consequences cannot be ignored. The online classes cannot be accessed by each student due to the unavailability of smartphones, laptops and mobiles network to especially poor families and remote areas. This creates discrimination among the students from urban and rural areas.
Also it is very difficult to handle pre primary students in virtual classroom, they don’t understand how to write on copy in virtual classes, small kids need to have personal help for writing on copy, but in virtual classes it’s not possible, so small kids face lot of problems in online classes, rather small kids start playing with mobile.
The students below 14 years are not aware of the screen effect and get addicted to mobile that causes mental and eye problems. Thus, online teaching cannot take the position of traditional classroom{offline classes} teaching for a long time and we will need to get back to traditional teaching {offline class room}after second wave of pandemic
(The author is a Retired Principal based at Malout Punjab)

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