We should consider this global crisis as a chance to reflect, and imagine a better system. The crisis needs to be a time we ask hard questions about the education system and what role examinations, attendance, and virtual tools play to provisioning educational resources. Education is a central institution in our society, and teaching has become a labour essential to imagine our society running at all. This labour is increasingly being done by women. Any plan for the education system to navigate through this crisis and beyond must keep teachers at the centre.
… समय ही बताएगा कि कोरोना के प्रकोप के बाद इस ऑनलाइन शिक्षा का कितना हिस्सा हमारे साथ रह जाने वाला है। लेकिन ये ज़रूरी है कि हम ये समझें कि इंटरनेट के माध्यम से ज़्यादा पहुँच का दावा खोखला है क्योंकि यह प्रणाली कई लोगों को शिक्षा व्यवस्था के बाहर कर देगी।
The idea that online education would bring some sort of democratization or larger reach seems like an incomplete picture of what is to come. It is important that we understand the problems and the kind of further marginalization online education would bring.
The 20 Lakh package includes measures adopted by reserve bank to increase liquidity, loans by banks and NBFCs (a total of more 12 lakh crore) and re announcement or repurposing of budgetary allocations. At a structural level, on the one hand states are being asked to dilute the labour laws while on the other hand sectors like mineral mining and coal mining are being privatized – posing existential threat to both the people and environment of this country.