Year 2021: Education continues to be victim of Covid pandemic for 3rd year

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Students remain confined to online mode of studies, look at new year with new hopes

Srinagar, Dec 24: For the third consecutive year, the students of Kashmir valley could not attend the regular classes during the academic year 2020-2021 except for around one month.

In 2021, the schools reopened on February-26 following the winter vacations of nearly three months but hardly after a one month, they were closed again April-04 following the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The news agency spoke to some students who said that the pandemic had led to closure of educational institutes across India but among all, the students of Kashmir especially from the downtown area of Srinagar were the most hit victims who couldn’t attend all lectures that were being conducted online.

Some of the students of the area said that following the scheduling of keeping and snapping on the internet, they could not attend all the classes that were being conducted online.

Another student said that in the name of Tele and Radio classes, it was a mockery of quality education.

“The education department had made a mockery of the Tele and Radio classes. The mechanism devised by the department was a sheer failure and no student was benefited by these classes,” he said.

In the meantime, the teachers at government-run-school said that during the academic year 2020-2021, the schools have witnessed a maximum of 30-35 regular academic activities.

The top officials at the School Education Department told KNO that it has successfully compensated the academic losses suffered by the students.

“In the backdrop of COVID-19 outbreak, the School Education Department has conducted Tele-Classes and Radio classes to compensate and complete the syllabi of the students,” the official said.

He further said that the online classes were also conducted and in case the students were inaccessible to online or Tele classes, we provided students with study material and assignments.

Meanwhile, the students of universities and colleges also said that in the academic year 2020-21, they will have attended less than fifty percent of regular classes.

The officials of School and Higher education departments said that in the previous academic year, the educational establishments were supposed to remain functional for at least 180 days but less than 100 academic days were held