On 21st August 2021, Students Islamic Organization of India, Jharkhand Zone organized a Shiksha Samvad in Ranchi with the theme of Education and COVID. In which various student organizations and NGOs as well as chief guest Fawaz Shaheen (National Secretary, SIO of India), Shri Jean Dreze (Economist), Shri Balram Ji (Social Worker), Asadullah (State Secretary, SIO Jharkhand) and Mohd. Raihan (State Campus Secretary, SIO Jharkhand) joined and put forth his valuable views that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, various issues related to education have been coming up from time to time. In order to better understand the concerns arising after a year of displaced education, and to formulate a coherent policy position on various issues, we need to have extensive consultations on the following broad issues.
Online Teaching & Classes :
Are online classes a sustainable long-term model for teaching and learning, and if so, what needs to be done to improve their quality and effectiveness. In what ways do teachers need to be trained for this purpose, and most importantly, is it possible to ensure access to online education for students from all sections of our great economic and class divide?
Exams and assessments during the pandemic :
We need to consider effective and accessible ways of conducting examinations and devise methods of assessment that are more conducive to an online mode of learning. In its implementation there is an urgent need to introduce a comprehensive evaluation system including review and suggestions of existing models for better training of teachers and teachers.
“High-stakes” entrance test :
Every year, a large number of students appear in “high-stakes” examinations such as NEET and IIT-JEE. This system of examinations and university admissions has resulted in a poor system of higher education where students at every stage face rejection and In this context, it is important to consider alternative ways of conducting university admission procedures.