Do you know according to World Economic Forum, there is a total of 320 million learners in India who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and e-learning transition? Last year, on 22nd March 2020, the Prime Minister declared a complete lockdown for the country due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This one day changed the life of the entire nation. Whether they were employees, students, workers, or teachers. The nationwide lockdown meant the closing of institutes, schools, universities, and offices. Before the outbreak, one was only imagining that the whole education system will soon transform into digital learning but, nobody can imagine that it will happen too soon.
Moksh Popli believes digital learning had a huge impact on the education system. The teachers started making class groups on What’s App and asked their students to download Zoom/Google Meet and other Apps for online learning. The blackboard transformed into the white digital board of Zoom or presentation and the classroom soon converted into the digital world of learning. From writing homework in the diaries, downloading the homework sheets became the new normal. And, this is how the digitalization of education happened. This situation was unpredictable, as neither the teachers nor the students were prepared for it. But both had to adopt to the new situation when we were confined to our homes.
Moksh Popli says that even today, after facing the second wave of Coronavirus the probability of going back to the normal school education seems blurred. The vaccination process has just started all over the country and the trials are happening for children below 18 years old. In the beginning, only private schools adapted to this transformation, but now, most of the schools, even government ones are providing digital learning. But, there are a few communities and parts of our country where students are unable to access e-learning. As digital learning is the latest addition, the government is taking measures to make this system more prompt and easy for everyone. Every state is coming up with certain plans that adequate resources are being provided for the betterment of students.
Moksh Popli holds the view that education should be provided to every student in the country and the government should ensure that it is accessible for everyone. According to some surveys, this has resulted in the digital gender gap. Even, The National Education Policy Of India has addressed many issues central to women and girls not being able to access e-learning. Supporting the cause of equal education rights for every child, Moksh says, there shouldn’t be any digital divide between the students. The government is ensuring the arrangements of internet facilities and mobile phones for those students who can’t afford it or belong to marginalized communities.
Moksh Popli says that the scope of digital learning is wide and it is the new beginning of learning. Even though our students and teachers have done a tremendous job in shifting to digital learning in such a short time. Still, this situation requires more actions from parents, teachers, and the students, everything shouldn’t be issued to be done by the governments, says Moksh. Instead, we should share the load and ensure easy access to digital education for every student. As we all have realized that Digital learning is the new normal, so adaptation has become easy.