NEW DELHI: Confined to home, away from classes, students in Tamil Nadu are now demanding that online classes be stopped. They argue that the classes have failed to impart uninterrupted education.
“Online classes now start making students sick. Lots of children (students) reported headache, eye pain etc. Even my brother getting a headache and get fatigued after going through 1-2 hours of online classes,” wrote one student.
Several other students pointed out the lack of necessary equipment to access online classes, especially due to the ongoing lockdown. “Not every student can afford these heavy internet bundles, what about those [whose] source of income [has] stopped... more than 2 [two] months due to this pandemic,” wrote another student.
Right to Education Forum activists have also highlighted the shortcomings of online education as it cannot be a substitute for classroom learning. In the interest of students’ safety and academic benefit, the activists and experts have suggested declaring this year a ‘zero academic year’.