Lock down Effect on Reading and Writing Skills
A scary fact, the effect on education has been simply devastating for the students.
The consequences have been catastrophic. As per the reports published, only 8% of the rural and 24% of the urban children attended the online classes.
The number of children studying online regularly was just 31% in urban areas and 15%t in rural areas.
Another survey titled Locked Out, says 37% of the rural students are not studying at all.
The losses Due to the Closure of Schools
These are just academic losses. Several other losses could never be undone, like mental distress, poor communication abilities, and reduction in the development of social skills.
A worldwide rise in the number of children with reading difficulties has been at 20%. This has almost reversed the gains achieved in education in the last 20years.
According to Khera, one of the prominent authors of the effect of lock down on education says, 'the two years loss of schooling especially for the children in their formative years, unless something is done about it the chances of regaining the losses are very bleak....'
According to the study reports released by the UN cultural agency, more than 100 million more children than expected are falling behind their minimum abilities of reading, as they have not attended school closures owing to Covid.
The depletion in the basic reading abilities has been over 42% in the children, post 2 years of lock down.
The experts believe that it may take a decade or even more to get back to the pre-pandemic status. As the schools have remained closed for almost two years, despite all efforts to impart online education, instead of gaining, the kids have lost the reading and writing skills that they had.
The loss has had a dual effect, instead of adding two years to their learning skills, they lost their existing skills. The actual effect of loss in all the other skills like social behavior, subject knowledge, reading and writing skills, verbal communication skills, etc. requires a lot of assessment still to be done to come to any conclusion.
Preparing kids for in-person classes
We all have to wait and watch for the schools to re-open and how the kids cope and respond once they are back to school. Nevertheless, a lot of extra effort will be required by the education fraternity to at least prepare the kids to manage their learning in the days ahead.
Talking of the very preliminary skills that they need to brush up before they are back to in-person learning in Reading and Writing. It will require extra efforts by students and experts to train and prepare them for the normal situation.
While the parents will have to put in additional efforts with their children to encourage them to read and write, the schools will have to plan out classes beyond the routine to motivate and also train the children to again start writing and reading. This will have to be initiated well before the kids are back to school for in-person classes when the schools open.
Remedial action plan by Mastermind School
Mastermind the best primary school in Bicholi very well understands the importance of Reading and Writing skills.
Since Mastermind School has the world's largest chain of Handwriting institutes and an experience of over two decades in training students globally, they have planned out exclusive 80 hours of free reading and writing classes for the students from standard 1st to 5th. These classes will be taken up by experts and are scheduled for March and April 2022.
The objective is simple, to prepare the primary school and preprimary school kids for regular schooling, where these skills are important to make sure they learn as expected. The parents should avail this opportunity and register immediately.
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