It’s time for a big rethink of our pandemic policy on schooling
One of the most egregious of our many errors in this pandemic is how we have dealt with education
Schools in India have been shut since March 2020. None of the substitute measures—online classes, mohalla classes, home-based work, etc.—has been able to compensate for even a fraction of this lost year of schooling for the overwhelming majority of India’s children. So, children have not learnt what they should have learnt this entire year. Many have also forgotten a lot of what they knew in March 2020—the commonly observed phenomenon of ‘academic regression’ during long breaks from schooling.