pandemic (covid-19) and rural education system

iibp-admin Anveshan, Issue 6

Indian Institute of Business Psychology

The onset of this deadly pandemic has started one problem that has been faced by the future of our country. It is the problem of the distribution of knowledge. the mode of education has transformed into online education or digital education who wish to gain knowledge opting for online education. Online education is called remote learning or remote access learning also. the beauty of this mode of education is that you can learn at your own comfort and pace. But this comes at a price. this mode of education can have some negative impact on the psychological health of children. online education has its advantages and disadvantages to it. The advantages are-

1 Student have to go nowhere to gain knowledge.

2. This is a kind of cost-effective for effectively free.

3. Deccan ask anything and have their doubt clear so shyness is gone.

4. In the synchronous mode of education teachers are always present with them.

5 In asynchronous classes the facility of flexibility is also there.

It has increased accessibility of students area of learning they can learn a variety of skills with the help of their gadgets etc.

The disadvantages are

1.The rest of dark web we all know the dangers of darknet so it is not safe for all to use.

2.It has some significant health issues like headache eyestrains etc.

3.There is always a lack of physical interaction in online classes.

4.Some technical issues are also with that everyone cannot operate it and deal with it.

5. The distractions like social media and entertainment videos steals the attention of the young children, so the problems of attention span are also there.

Why online education is not effective with rural students: All the advantages it offers makes it the best platform for students to use it and seek education but for rural students, there are some fundamental issues that should be addressed to make the facility available for them. These areas follow- first of all, there are in structural issues as there is not the facility of 24/7 electricity.

Secondly, most of them do not have an active internet connection in their devices because they cannot afford it as they have their own set of problems.

Thirdly the family that can afford the data might not have spear data extra devices for their children. Last but not least there may be more than one children so who is going to use it is a big problem this might have a serious psychological impact on the mental health of the students. The students can feel the state of relative deprivation. Luckily I have come to know that some student who does not have a smartphone or a gadget to support the education simply stopped taking their education seriously. They have fully lost their contact with their teachers and another student. those ones who have smartphone really doesn’t know how to optimise it to gain an education.

Conclusion: As we have seen that there are many problems with education getting online in rural areas. teachers have made some efforts to approach every student personally. they should come with some solutions that could help to solve such a fundamental issue. Gram Shiksha Samiti can really be helpful in providing education with the help of the teachers. counseling services can be provided at the doorstep. the student and guardians would be provided support to work on the psychological resilience of the parents and students.

About the Author- Mr. Somraj Tripathi is a qualified teacher. he is currently working for the betterment of the future of school-going children. he graduated in psychology and trained in cognitive and behavioral sciences.