RIGHT TO EDUCATION IN THE TIME OF COVID 19:INDIAN SCENARIO

 RIGHT TO EDUCATION IN THE TIME OF COVID 19: INDIAN SCENARIO

The Constitution (Eighty sixth Amendment) Act , 2002[1] inserted Article 21(A) in the constitution of India to provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years as a fundamental right in such a manner as the state may , by law , determine. This evidently states the certainty that under Article 21 (A) , every child has a right to get educated as the norms allude.

 

 

The aspect of learning our country possess is in the form of classrooms with the undeviating interactivity between teachers and the students. Nonetheless, the circumstances differ from before and so did the conformation of education. The education centres faced discontinuance due to the arised coronavirus pandemic. The existence of the youth moved seamlessly to online mode of education. The pandemic had a major impact on our education system as the students had variegated reactions about the policy accompanying by the institution for the continuity of classes. Moreover, the Covid-19 has put the spotlight on the ever increasing structural imbalance in education system. The crucial issue during the pandemic is the internet connectivity of the students residing in various area of the country. According to a data, only 24 per cent of the households of students in India have internet access and 15 per cent in the rural areas. It seems that this online forn of education is catering to the needs of a chosen few.

 

 

The pandemic manifest that the students who have resources and support outside the school  as well as economically stable are able to survive the crisis but likely the one who don’t have access to anything of quality would be at an menacing drawback. The pandemic distinctly enunciates the economic condition our country is possessing. There was a measure taken by Boston who bought 20,000 chromebooks and is creating hotspots around the city where children and families can go to get internet access[2]. Nevertheless, there are two sides to every coin. The government of India did worked and made a way for the students to enroll themselves amid the pandemic in the institutions so that they can continue with their studies. The Ministry  of Human Resources Development and it’s associated institutions are promoting digital education through Online Educational Platforms through the different websites namely DIKSHA , e-PATHSHALA , SWAYAM and many more which are being intensified.[3]

 

 

The lacunae that reclines in online portal is directly proportional to the economic condition of   our nation. India is fundamentally nation of the youths , consequently the education system plays a dominant role in the upliftment of the nation. The government should learn from this experience and strengthen the education systems to withstand future crises. This pandemic has shown that the system needs to be enhanced so that it can manage any upcoming future disasters. This is one if the imperatives to protect children and right of the youth during the unstable period of our country[4]. We don’t only have to assemble a backup to get over this crisis but we have to develop alot by granting proper means of education in each and every aspect , develop more uniform systems which pertains the needs of which have been so blatantly exposed in the crisis.

[1]https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://mhrd.gov.in/rte%23;~:text%3DThe%2520Constitution%2520(Eighty%252Dsixth%2520Amendment,may%252C%2520by%2520law%252C%2520determine.&ved=2ahUKEwix1mrdvejqAhUUheYKHRKGBOgQFjANegQIEBAz7usg=AOvVaw3GfqiTjCfmivI6TUG&cshid=1595683315935 (July 24, 2020 , 08:41PM).

[2]https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2020/04/the-pandemics-impact-on-education/ (July 24, 2020 08:49PM).

[3]https://mhrd.gov.in (July 24 ,2020 10:48PM).

[4]https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/19/pandemic-shakes-worlds-education-systems (July 24, 2020 , 11:10 PM

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