The virus outbreak has affected the economy badly and if we go by the reports released by the world economic agencies and economic experts, the world economy might get hit by a recession even bigger than the great recession of 2008. Industries around the globe have been badly affected by the lockdowns imposed by the respective governments to prevent virus transmission, business houses are collapsing and the unemployment rate is going higher than before.
Also, the virus outbreak’s adverse effect is not only limited to business and industries but on education as well. Schools, colleges, and educational institutions are shut around the globe creating a sense of uncertainty for crores of students and teachers. Mumbai is one of the most populated cities in the world. Which also has the highest population density in the world, has been a matter of biggest concern for the authorities and citizens. To flatten the curve of the virus outbreak, the government of Maharashtra has imposed a complete lockdown in the city on several occasions. In addition to that, schools and universities are to remain shut until any further notice. Apart from the authorities, citizens are also concerned about maintaining a physical distance along with loss of studies. In this scenario, the concept of online teaching has proven to be an effective alternative than organizing a physical classroom in Mumbai. Conducting an online teaching session has its own benefits. It does not require the students and teachers to meet physically, teachers may teach the student by creating a virtual meeting place using applications like Google meet, Jio meets and skypes, etc.
Although, Online teaching is not as effective as a physical classroom and it has its other limitations like weak internet connection causing interruptions. But it surely helps in maintaining a physical distance and resolves the issue of education up to an extent.
We at GharPeshiksha.com understand the importance of education for both the teachers and the students. Where education is a means for developing a sense of understanding and becoming a Nobel citizen for students as well as achieving their academic goals, it generates employment for teachers. We do not want any student to lack behind in completing their studies on time and are working towards providing uninterrupted educational services. Therefore, we have made provisions to conduct online teaching sessions by our teachers. In order to reduce physical contact, we have restricted our services to virtual teachings only. Also, In guidelines issued to teachers and the students, we have guided our members to download applications like google meet, zoom and skype etc to facilitate online teaching sessions. Everyday virtual classes are organized on the already discussed time. Students get their doubts cleared and after the completion of the class, teachers provide them with some assignments to be done.
Moreover, we have also tried to tackle the limitation of a weak internet connection. In areas where internet speed is not enough to take part in an online video class or the network is not constant. For those areas, we have requested our member teachers to take doubts from the students via WhatsApp or any other messaging platform. Students may send their problematic questions to the concerned teacher and receive an explanative reply.
In addition to that, we are constantly creating awareness among the masses through our social media channels and maintaining a constant flow of information about the pandemic.
It is an extraordinary time for all of us. There have been several improvements made in order to fight the virus outbreak. In the recent statement released by WHO, they have praised the efforts and the way authorities have tackled the virus transmission in Mumbai’s most densely populated area Dharavi. This too shall pass and education will be on track again. Till then, We must find ways to distance ourselves from each other and continue using online teaching methods. The concept of conducting virtual classes is one such step.