Education in the Time of COVID-19 #047 – Khanapurkar et al.
By CEID Blogger, on 2 June 2021
Online Education in Covid-times India: Putting the Cart Before the Horse
by Rammohan Khanapurkar, Shalini Bhorkar, Ketan Dandare and Pralhad Kathole
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted set patterns of livelihoods and upset economic normalcy at a global scale. In a first of its kind, many countries including India witnessed nationwide school closures for the entire academic year. The situation offered preeminent position to online schooling in the lockdown period. This article discusses a key initiative by the Indian government to facilitate online transition of formal learning. The article argues how this ad hoc initiative was akin to putting the cart before the horse in a haste to prove online-worthiness of formal schooling.