The COVID-19 has caused a big halt to the education system among others, in India. In a big and thriving city like Bengaluru which is home to thousands of students, the impact has been huge. Let’s see how they are handling this pandemic situation.
In most Private schools across Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka, online classes through forums of Google Meet and Zoom have begun. The teachers were briefly oriented for over a week and now the classes are going on in full swing. The teachers and students face a lot of problems due to the sudden change in the method of teaching but are slowly adapting to the change. However, in the schools where the medium of education is not English, the students still have no access to classes or course materials.
After much debate and discussion, the Karnataka Government has finally released the dates for Class 10 and PUC exams this year. The dates that have been decided are between June 25, 2020, and July 4, 2020. The Karnataka Education Minister also stated that discussions will be soon held about the conduction of the exams regarding sanitation and precautionary measures. He said that necessary tools like thermal scanners, sanitizers, and masks will be made available and the seating arrangement has to be done keeping the basic idea of social distancing into consideration.
On an innovative note, the Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa has launched an online crash course programme called ‘GetCETGo’. This free online course was created to help out the students prepare for competitive exams s they are unable to go for classes to prepare for them. Materials for exams like CET and NEET are available here. This programme is available only for students who have registered for the Karnataka common entrance test- KCET. They will be given a unique username and password to access the course.
The massive reduction in the COVID-19 cases in Karnataka is like the light at the end of the tunnel for schools in Karnataka who are looking to get its education back on track.