Online education policy needed to aid students as coronavirus pandemic grips nation

Mr. Kerawalla believes that India with its vast IT corridor is technologically equipped to roll out E-Education and quick pace the entire process through its deep network of telecom

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With many states across India declaring the shutdown of all educational institutions due to coronavirus pandemic, Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman, Ampersand Group a school management service enterprise, has urged all state governments across India to formulate an immediate policy to tackle the temporary closure by integrating online education at the earliest so that students don’t lose valuable time. Mr. Kerawalla believes that India with its vast IT corridor is technologically equipped to roll out E-Education and quick pace the entire process through its deep network of telecom services which will help out students in bridging the gap and time-lapse due to lost hours in schools.

He adds that while there are several products in the offering in the online domain educational institutions, parents, and teachers don’t have the green signal to conduct lessons online as many educational applications available online don’t have the required nod from the respective education boards and the government.The first thing while tackling COVID 19 is to get all government agencies, school boards and various stakeholders in the education space to immediately roll out online education policy.

As several state governments have called for a complete shutdown of educational institutions, the central government should prepare a task force comprising of edtech companies, school management services, academicians, entrepreneurs and state functionaries to formulate a policy to expedite the process of online education amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

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