In conversation with Kavita Sahay Kerawalla, Vice-Chairperson, Ampersand Group
How will the school system deal with the cohort of children entering Grade 1 and 2 in the next few months?
First and foremost, health and safety measures remain a prime concern. Schools will follow all directives of the government to ensure continuity of normalcy.
What challenges will the Grade 1 and 2 students face while attending the schools?
The foreseeable challenges for them would be with regard to health and safety protocols, in-class interaction with their peers, wearing masks continuously during school hours, maintaining the appropriate distance and writing their answers. However, these are concerns that can be suitably overcome.
Do students of Grade 1 and 2 prefer online or offline classes?
Considering that a hybrid model of learning, involving an amalgamation of offline and online classes, is most likely to be the norm going ahead, students from Grade 1 and Grade 2 remain deft in this regard now, unlike earlier when tutoring them for online classes was a challenge. Continuation of education remains most important and I would like to add that teachers and students have done a commendable job in these unprecedented times of pandemic.