14 FEB,2021 | MEDC
The pandemic has forced our education system to shift to an online mode of instruction sooner than expected. No doubt, it has benefited a section of the students, particularly those in urban areas. However, it has also exposed the severity of the learning gap in the country. For example, just 18% of tribal students enrolled in residential schools had access to online education during the outbreak of Covid-19. This does not bode well for India’s inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic growth. A one-size-fits-all policy strategy devised in a state or national capital seldom tackles a local community’s specific challenges. Nowhere is this truer than in the education field, where massive social stratification still reigns supreme. If the education gap is to be managed, the urban-rural technological divide needs to be addressed. The need of the hour is to encourage bottom-up remedies to local problems that have hitherto defied solutions. The race between education and technology tends to sharpen socioeconomic inequality. It should be nipped in the bud.
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