Impact of Covid: survey by school association to assess learning gaps

Recognizing that school closures due to COVID-19 may have resulted in serious learning gaps, a nationwide survey is being conducted by the National Independent Schools Association to assess learning loss among students in Grades 3, 5 and 8th grade during the pandemic.

Stating that the situation resulting from the lockdown and restrictions has led to a complete disconnection from education for the vast majority of children or to inadequate alternatives such as community classes or bad alternatives in the form of online education, including Including learning by cell phone, the association launched the survey whose objective is to understand and identify the learning gaps that have arisen in this pandemic. Besides the learning gaps, the survey hopes to assess the impact on their mental health. In each school, 12 students in grades 3, 5 and 8 are surveyed as a sample size.

Rajendra Singh, incumbent president of the Independent English School Association, Maharashtra, said he had circulated the survey among member schools in Pune and other parts of the state. Diagnostic tests for students and teachers were designed to be administered in urban, semi-urban and rural schools to assess their basic abilities, followed by the common questionnaire.

“We are in the process of finalizing the data and conclusions. With this data, we would be able to design an appropriate bridging course to fill the learning gaps and also suggest the necessary educational changes in the classroom, ”he said.

A few months ago, the state education department also introduced a bridging course in schools in grades 2 to 10, which was taught in schools affiliated with the Maharashtra State Council at the start of the year. academic session.