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Mumbai: Hybrid education mode ‘not working’ for online students
Mumbai: Hybrid education mode ‘not working’ for online students

Mumbai: Hybrid education mode ‘not working’ for online students

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MUMBAI: With schools requesting the state to make attendance in physical classrooms compulsory, students attending virtual classes from home are complaining about being “left out” by teachers when hybrid lessons are in progress.
All schools in the city reopened on Monday after the Diwali vacation. As attendance is voluntary, the strength of students in physical classrooms is less than 50%, say school heads. Students from classes 8 to 12 are allowed in-person schooling in the city. Across the state, students from classes 5 to 12 can choose between online and offline learning.
“With classes going hybrid, students attending online are feeling left out during interactive sessions. Teachers are not adequately trained to handle in-person and virtual students at the same time,” said the principal of a Sion school.
A few schools trained their teachers to teach in the hybrid format but “the focus shifts to students who are present in the real classroom”, said a teacher who finds it difficult to teach mathematics to Class X students in the hybrid mode.
Online students too are complaining of missing out on learning. “It was easier when it was all online. Since the hybrid mode began on Monday, teachers look involved with students in the real classroom. The virtual ones like me feel lost,” said a Class 8 student of a Vile Parle school.
A few schools have even gone back to teaching entirely online following students’ complaints and teachers’ inability to catch up with the hybrid mode. “We tried online and offline last month. After Diwali we have stuck to online. Teachers are in classrooms and all students are logging in from their homes,” said the principal of a school in Kandivli.
Schools want the state to make physical attendance compulsory. As of now, absenteeism from online and offline classes is not dealt with sternly. Schools feel if the parental consent clause is removed all students will be in classrooms.
School heads said in-person schooling should be made compulsory for higher classes. “If board exams are to be offline, students of classes 10 and 12 should be in school,” said one.
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