The COVID-19 pandemic has affected educational systems worldwide, leading to the near-total closures of schools, universities and colleges.
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As of 27 July 2020, approximately 1.7 billion learners are currently affected due to school closures in response to the pandemic. School closures impact not only students, teachers, and families but have far-reaching economic and societal consequences.
Of course, the impact has been more severe for disadvantaged children and their families – causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and the consequent economic cost to families who could not work.
In response to school closures, UNESCO recommended the use of distance learning programmes and open educational applications and platforms that schools and teachers can use to reach learners remotely and limit the disruption of education.
Our primary school teachers are taking online sessions from KG to 4th grade over WhatsApp video calls and through phone calls. The classes are conducted from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm. Weekly homework and assignments are uploaded on WhatsApp group. Teachers do the necessary correction either by sharing documents or through voice messages.