Role of Parents Increased in Online Schooling, Panel Backs Survey Results
Fair Talks, an expert panel discussion on school community issues organised by FairGaze, opined that the role of parent has significantly increased in the ongoing online schooling in alignment with the 91% indicated by the survey.
The recent study conducted by FairGaze on the role of parents in teaching during the pandemic indicates that an overwhelming 97% agreed that educating children is a shared responsibility of both parents and teachers and over 68% said that online teaching is bringing teachers and parents closer.
More than 86% are opined that the mental wellbeing is a key responsibility of parents in the absence of social interactions with school friends. Interestingly, 61% of respondents agreed that online learning is similar to home-schooling by parents with school's assistance.
The panellists included Jyoti Arora, Principal of Delhi World Public School, Sapna Sukool, Trainer and Founder of Edustart Solutions, Ayesha Khan, School Safety & Quality Management Specialist and Lead School Safety at FairGaze, Ashish Mehrotra, Assistant Vice President ACL Mobile Ltd and Dr. Madhumati Singh, Practicing Psychologist and Director at FairGaze, who moderated the panel discussion.
Answering to the question on how parents and teachers can work together to handhold the student's during these difficulties times, Jyoti Arora said that teachers and parents are wearing multiple hats & the defining lines of roles have merged. She added that the teaching and learning has to be imbued on compassion focused on empathy with parents and students by establishing a strong relationship between them.
Sapna Sukool shared that students were able to adopt online systems easily but the teachers had to burn the midnight oil to learn and deliver effective classroom.
Speaking on the safety aspect in the online learning, Ayesha Khan said that the parents need to handhold the children just like teaching them how to cross the road.
Ashish Mehrotra highlighted the need to inculcate a routine, sensitising the children to the new normal and set an example for your children.
Concluding the discussion Dr Madhumati Singh emphasised that parents need to maintain a calm composure and involve children in the household chores and activities. She concurred with suggestion by Ayesha Khan that the idea of beauty at any age is fitness and also that being grateful and compassionate are important learnings during the Covid times.