India’s education system badly hit by Covid-19: Union Education Minister

Speaking during Question Time at Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Covid-19 pandemic had ‘seriously affected’ India’s education system like everywhere else. in the world. He further said that due to the closure of schools, the center, the state and educational institutions have shifted to online technologies to ensure the continued education of students.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF SAMAGRA SHIKSHA

Explaining further, he said that financial aid to states and UTs was also provided under the financial component of the “Samagra Shiksha” scheme.

Aids were provided to states to identify and assess children with special needs, and for aids and devices, Braille kits and books, adapted teaching and learning materials.

This also included an allowance for female students with disabilities with the aim of universalizing school education and reducing the dropout rate.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON EDUCATION

The Union Minister added, “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the education system not only in India but also in countries across the world due to school closures.”

He added that this has led to a situation that has compelled the center, states and educational institutions to embrace online technologies and a hybrid mode of education to ensure the continued education of students.

He added, “Electronic content complements regular classroom transactions by helping teachers with Universal Design for Learning (UDL)-based resources for use in the teaching-learning process.”
He further noted that these resources were designed to help children adjust to mainstream schools and encourage inclusive classrooms.

CwSN CONTINUING EDUCATION

The “Samagra Shiksha” program, according to the minister, also aims to examine the education of children with special needs (CwSN) continuously from kindergarten to class 12.

According to him, the program covers all children with special needs who attend public, government-subsidized schools and local bodies who have one or more of the disabilities listed in the Disabilities Act 2016 of the Human Rights Act. disabilities (RPwD).

(With PTI inputs)

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