School in Nepal Struggling for Online Classes – Digital Learning

A school in Kathmandu informed the students through a messenger that classes will start from 10:30 am through Zoom.  The school had created an account in Messenger in May last year to run online classes.

The same ‘account’ would provide information about the time of the class, as well as the link to the zoom ID of the class.  It was through this that teachers and students interacted, even exchanging homework. On Friday, the school’s social teacher sent a link to Zoom ID to the same account to start the class.  Students also participated in the zoom class by opening the link.  It took some time to connect to the zoom.

The number of students joining Jum has reached 25.  The teacher was confused for a few minutes as to whether others were joining.  But they didn’t grow up, and they started the class by adding 25 people to the zoom.

The class had not started, the student’s voice came, ‘Hello, hello sir, what did you say?  I didn’t hear it here. ‘Another student’s voice was added,’ I heard it, sir, so let’s get started. ‘

Social teachers are confused about what to do and what not to do after hearing this kind of voice from a student.  The social teacher himself did not feel that it was a fair job.  However, he continued the ‘Zarbajasti’ class.

“What to do?”  This is the alternative now, that’s why I moved the class forward even though few students participated, ”said the teacher.  According to him, 45 students used to come to the school regularly during the physical classes.

He is satisfied that 25 students or 50 percent of the students have participated in the online class, but he is saddened by the problems seen in technology.  “On the one hand, parents say that online classes are not effective. On the other hand, the net is slow, which is why it is difficult for us.”

Stakeholders say that even after the second wave of COVIDE-19 became widespread, the government started instruction in schools following the directive not to conduct physical education and educational activities.

“As soon as the net becomes slow and there is a thunderstorm, there is an old problem. We are conducting online classes in spite of that problem,” said Narayan Gautam, assistant principal of Padmodaya Mavic in Kathmandu.  He said the problem remained the same, although this year seemed more effective than last year’s online reading.

He said that the online attendance of students of class 8, 9 and 10 was a bit higher while the attendance of lower class students was not very satisfactory.  “Forty percent of our students from class KG to 10 have access to online,” he said.

Parents say that even if they have access to online, they do not like to read online.  “They complain to us that it is difficult to understand what is being read online, so there is a dilemma as to why it should not be kept online,” says Gauri Khadka, a parent.  She also said that parents have to arrange many things to keep them online.  “It’s not so much online, do you need a fast mobile, do you need a laptop, do you need to connect to the net, how can a person who earns a living and teach online?” Is his question.

Teachers say that even if the online class is run, the students themselves have ignored it.  “We have started online classes. Students stay away from what is being said. Some people stay without video,” said Pradip Thapa, principal of SS Sadan Secondary School.

He said that students who are lazy in reading and students who are afraid of having to do homework are reluctant to come online.

Teachers have complained that the federal government and local governments have given “orders” for online classes but have not paid much attention to increasing access to online.

According to the school principals, the government has not been paying much attention to the need to make the online classroom resourceful.

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