Longer working hours for teachers amid pandemic

Published on December 3, 2020 by

Jalandhar: Teachers have to work extra hours to clear doubts of students on both online and offline platforms. The government has recently permitted students to attend schools with considerable restrictions. A minimal percentage of the students are attending the classes in the school campuses which has substantially increased the working time for teachers, who now have to be available round the clock to clear doubts of students.

The Punjab Government launched ‘Punjab EduCare’ to provide a chapter-wise detail of all the classes of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB). The Principal of Government Senior Secondary School, Mrs Seema Nayyar said, “All the teachers have  put in their best efforts to provide quality education online. If a child could not attend online classes due to lack of internet, he was specially called to teach so that he does not miss out.”

Ms Deepa Dogra, Director of Learning Wings Education System said that rigorous webinars were taken to help teachers adapt to online teaching, checking Google forms PDF files. She said, “The objective was to make learning meaningful and more creative.”

On one hand parents are worried about the increased screen time of their children, they still do not want to send their children to school just yet. Mrs Sadhna Gupta, parent of a grade 10 student said,” We won’t send the children to school because they can contract any problem.  Teachers are putting in effort and for now, virtual education is the best alternative.”

Further highlighting the woes of teachers, Ms Srinivasan said that a teacher is called up at any time for doubts and hence, they were required to be available at all times during the day, which gets taxing for them too.

Education seems to have thrived in the virtual world amidst the pandemic. Smart classrooms and interactive learning has been pursued in virtual classrooms as well. Owing to the hard work put in by the teachers, education system is becoming more inclusive.

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