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Online Classes - Boon or Bane?

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If it were to say that online classes are a disaster, you’re bound to say, “Understatement of the century.”

The ideal screen time lies somewhere around 2 hours per day but with up to 7 hours of online classes and several hours dedicated to the completion of assignments have made the screen time shoot up to an average of 11 hours a day. Considering the situation of school students, who have to manage online tuition classes along with school, it’s safe to say that both their eyesight and studies are in grave danger.

These one-way classes can easily hold the plaque for “more yawns than knowledge.” It is a struggle for teachers to make the learning space more engaging. Apart from the voice distortion angle, students feel shier than ever to come up with doubts. There’s the great looming fear of accidentally switching on the video or audio and having the entire class to experience the embarrassment fiasco.

The most glaring concern, however, is that millions of students lack the resources to attend online classes. A large number of students live in remote areas having to face network issues. Some areas even have lights out for prolonged periods. Not everyone can afford to have unlimited data packs since they aren’t exactly inexpensive, thus missing out on the classes.

As hard as it may be to believe, it is not the Gen Z alone who is suffering. Online classes have managed to drag Gen X into its snare, and honestly, it’s not a pretty sight.

It is almost impossible to prevent cheating in exams even with webcams switched on. Students are losing the motivation to study with the internet and books to their rescue during exams.

The only advantage of online classes might be its convenience. Not waking up at 7 AM and getting ready for school/college anymore may seem lucrative in the short run but in the long run, online classes have made us even more of a procrastinator than we already were as a counter effect.

A sudden increase in the use of digital platforms has helped India to become digitally strong but if you see this through a student-teacher perspective, it has caused severe damage to them. Most teachers are not in touch with the recent technologies that end up being a huge drawback as it affects their efficiency. They are unable to pass on their knowledge to the kids due to this barrier.

Even the students have started taking their classes for granted and do not pay much heed while attending.

Online classes may be the only alternative as of now for classrooms, but in my opinion, it isn’t a good one. It hinders the only point of teaching-learning.

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