Several government or government-sponsored schools in the districts, including the Sunderbans, have the infrastructure to resume classes on campus, but are unsure whether students would be able to cope as many have been absent studies for a long time.
Many of them come from disadvantaged families and have had to drop out of school.
Schools must now bring them back to class, principals of at least two schools have said.
A lack of access to devices has resulted in learning gaps, which schools must now fill when on-campus classes resume for grades IX through XII.
A Sunderbans school is planning home visits for students to bring them back to campus starting November 16.
“A section of students left town and went to southern India to work as labor. We need to identify families, make home visits and re-enroll them in school so that they don’t drop out, ”said Pulak Roy Chowdhury, director of the Kanaknagar SD institution in Hingalganj.
Roy Chowdhury said barely 30 percent of students at his school take online classes. Thus, for the rest of the students, teachers will have to make plans to help children achieve the expected academic level at their level.
Several schools hold staff meetings and write academic plans to address learning gaps that students have suffered over the past 18 months.
“Teachers were asked to revise the program so that students know at least the basics of their current level, which will help them understand and understand the texts when they move on to the next level,” Roy said. Chowdhury.
A school principal in Mathurapur, southern 24-Parganas, said some families had married their daughters, while other girls – some of whom lived in hostels – dropped out of school.
“We personally make calls to them or try to reach them through panchayats or local groups to get them back to school,” said Chandan Maity, principal of Krishnachandrapur high school.
Schools are asking tutors to come to campus, not only to talk to them about Covid safety protocols but also to educate them on the need to allow their children to continue their education, he said.
Even on the outskirts of town, in Howrah, a school principal spoke of learning gaps due to online classes.
“These students come from families that don’t have access to personal devices and the family only has one smartphone. The girls would not receive the phone until their father came home. Under such circumstances, how can we expect girls to know about everything that has happened in education? Asked Shubra Chakraborty, principal of Howrah Jogesh Chandra Girls’ School.
Chakraborty said the teachers’ approach would be crucial in getting these girls back.
“I told my teachers that they should be nice to girls. Instead of penalizing them for their mistakes, they will have to encourage them. Positive reinforcement will help reduce learning gaps, ”said Chakraborty.