India/March 22, 2022/Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/
The Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the Indian education system.
Speaking during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the Covid-19 pandemic has ‘severely affected’ India’s education system like anywhere else in the world. He further stated that because of the closing of schools, the centre, state, and educational institutions switched to online technologies to ensure the continuation of students’ education.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER SAMAGRA SHIKSHA
Explaining further, he stated that financial aid to the states and UTs was also provided under the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme’s financial component.
The aids were provided to the states so that they could identify and assess children with special needs, and for aids and appliances, braille kits and books, suitable teaching-learning materials.
This also included a stipend for female students with disabilities with the aim of universalisation of school education and reducing the dropout rate.
IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON EDUCATION
The union minister remarked further, “The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the education system not only in India but also in countries across the world due to the closure of schools.”
He added that this has led to a situation that required the centre, states and educational institutions to adopt online technologies and a hybrid mode of education to ensure the continuation of students’ education.
He said further, “The e-contents are supplementing the regular classroom transactions by assisting teachers with UDL (Universal Design for Learning)-based resources to be used in the teaching-learning process.”
He further remarked that these resources were made to help children adapt to regular schools and encourage inclusive classrooms.
The ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme, according to the minister, also aims to look at the education of Children with Special Needs (CwSN) continuously from pre-school to Class 12.
According to him, the scheme covers all children with special needs who attend government, government-aided, and local body schools who have one or more disabilities listed in the Schedule of Disabilities of the Right of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016.