Technology has become an important part of our lives. We cannot deny the fact that we live in the digital era of the 21st century. Due to the closure of schools and colleges for more than a year all over the country, children are the most affected population. Although online learning is said to be adopted by some schools and colleges, the reach of such EdTech is in the hands of few.
You look at the majority of the population of India and you will understand that poverty, unemployment, lack of resources are the top problems that have divided the country like never before. So, although we do see teachers training through apps and mobile phones, there is still a huge group of population in village and rural areas who are left behind due to non-availability and lack of awareness to use technology in their lives.
You cannot really expect a house that has a small TV to have a smartphone and laptop or computer. And children from such families are lagging behind due to the closure of schools and colleges owing to the coronavirus pandemic. We cannot be blind and just believe in the statistics that come on our search engine about how the economy is growing or how technology is reaching out when in the back of our minds, we know that it is only half reality.
The ultimate reality we would never get to know because we cannot really go out and check every home and every place of how many children are able to even cope up when they are given lessons on WhatsApp and television channels. Thus, more people should come forward in bridging the education gap that is going to create more chaos and divisions in society. Although technology is a boon to humankind, however, getting the required digital infrastructure in place is very important in the absence of physical schools and colleges during pandemic times.