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hybrid teaching is impractical: public schools say hybrid teaching is impractical

NAGPUR: As more and more schools are reopening in Maharashtra, the cases of complete shutdown of online classes are increasing. School associations say there is an urgent need to get students back into classrooms because the online teaching model was “not effective”, while the hybrid model (conducting lessons online and offline simultaneously) is “impracticable”.

Unaided Schools Forum (USF) is a pan-Maharashtra association of schools that has all the well-known CBSE schools under its belt, among others. USF Honorary Secretary Subhash Chandra Kedia said it was not possible to teach both online and offline, the so-called hybrid model.

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“If a teacher is in physical classes, things like internet connectivity, audio quality, etc. are out of their control and distracting,” Kedia said. He cited the example of Mumbai, which is now preparing to reopen schools like in pre-Covid times. Kedia said: “A circular has already been issued by the civic body in which they have authorized 100% participation from March 2. Thus, all staff and registered students will be allowed to come and operate for a day. complete.”

He added that once full-time school starts this week, much like pre-Covid times, online will become redundant.

“There is no need for online lessons when we are talking about full-time school. Attendance is steadily increasing everywhere, which shows that even parents want to send children back to school,” Kedia said.

Over the past few months, TOI has reported schools stopping the online course option once they reopen in physical mode. In accordance with state government orders, which remain in effect, both online and offline must continue.

Ashok Gavhankar, general secretary of Vidarbha Junior College Teachers Association, said that since the start of the pandemic, more than half of the students in Nagpur itself have not received proper education.

“The online course system is highly dependent on the type of infrastructure (telephone, network speed, finances to recharge, etc.) that you have at home. Even in schools where there was internet, academic results are not not good because the students were just sitting in front of the screen,” Gavhankar added.

Kedia said there was nothing wrong with schools pushing for offline lessons. “The academic and emotional well-being of students is best supported in an offline environment. The pandemic has already taken its toll on academics and all stakeholders must now make a concerted effort to ensure that children do not suffer more,” he added.