#LifeintheLockdown: Academics and admissions now online

When the pandemic forced schools to close in early March, most students were thrilled about the extra holidays they were getting. But those slated to appear for Board exams next year will now begin to cover portions over online classes. This week, many schools sent out schedules for , with Zoom meeting IDs for students to log in, giving distance education a new meaning.

Asha Dinesh's daughter's * summer school for class 10 was discontinued in March, but is set to resume this week. Many parents have concerns about the reported security breaches associated with this app. But given the current situation, it is unclear when normal school will resume and my priority is that my daughter Ramya be able to finish the portions for November, as scheduled. Attendance is mandatory and the chapters covered in these classes will not be repeated, ”she says.

But there are concerns that can’t be ignored. For instance, class 12 teacher Geetha Narayan* found 68 students in attendance during her first Zoom class this week, for a batch strength of only 45. “Some students sent class details to outsiders. During the session, an obscene comment appeared in the chat section, so I had to disable the option,” she shares.

Not only have classes been connected online, even the admissions processes, including entrance exams and individual interviews, are now on the web. Rosh K Joy, public relations officer at Christ University (allegedly), says: For undergraduate courses, entrance tests and interviews will be online starting April 15. At Jain University (considered future), online testing has begun for new admissions. Dinesh Nilkanth, director of admissions, says the administration will make a final decision only after the results of the class 12 and pre-university tests are released.

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