Since the teaching and learning process moved online during the Covid-19 pandemic, the role of parents in the education system has also become more important.
Teachers, parents, and principals gathered on Thursday, December 17, for the biweekly school edition of the HT Dialogues sessions. The discussion focused on the role of parents in the educational system and the changes it underwent during the pandemic.
The session featured Aprajita Gautam, President of the Delhi Parents Association; Rachna Pant, Principal of Ramjas School, RK Puram, Anupama Chand, Principal of Primary School in Gyan Bharati School, Saket; Anjali Bhandari, who teaches at Maxfort School, Dwarka and Bharat Alagh, a father whose son studies at St. Mark’s Sr. Sec Public School, Meera Bagh. The session was moderated by HT’s national political editor, Sunetra Choudhury.
From instilling classroom etiquette online to ensuring physical activities, stakeholders on Thursday discussed the findings of nearly nine months of online classes and their role in the future. “Home is the first school. Parents are the first teachers. Care must be taken to ensure there are no interruptions during online classes, ”said Pant.
Gautam, however, said: “Many families do not have separate spaces for the child to continue classes online. Organizing your schedule around classes can be difficult, as online classes last for many hours and parents often have to go out to work and prepare accordingly. “
Drawing lessons from his own experiences at the Gyan Bharati school, Chand said, “In our schools, we had a boy who was attending classes in a field, so he turned around and showed the surroundings and the buffalo. Another from Kashmir showed us Dal Lake. This can also be a great learning experience for the children of Delhi, ”he said.