Lack of resources affect online classes
Community and institutional schools have failed to run online classes effectively during the anti-COVID-19 prohibitory period due to lack of required resources, said various stakeholders
In a Zoom progamme on ‘education during pandemic, challenges and cooping strategies’ organised here today by the Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation, Public School and Boarding Organisation of Nepal (PABSON) co-chair DK Dhungana said community schools required resources for operating online classes. Such schools should have access to technology and necessary devices to run virtual classes, he stressed, adding the government’s contribution was needed for the resource management in institutional schools.
Nepal Guardians Federation President Suprabhat Bhandari said the present education system was limited just to providing certificates as practical dimensions had been neglected and this crisis should be addressed through policy-level efforts. He was of the view that government schools should utilize budget meant for day meal and sanitary pads (which have remained largely unspent) to enrich themselves technically and technologically for the effective operation of online classes.
He argued that scholarship facility meant for students from disadvantaged community was being misappropriated as the long demand for establishing a ‘scholarship bank’ was turned to a deaf ear.“ Target groups have less access to scholarship,’’ he said.
Journalist and Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus teacher Jagat Nepal claimed that people from privileged groups had got scholarship, complaining of non-implementation of fundamental rights such as rights to education, rights to health enshrined by the constitution.
Foundation’s member secretary Atul Koirala said the objective of the event was to lobby for creating conducive atmosphere for learning for students staying home during the COVID-19 crisis.