With schools taking online classes, parents say they find it difficult to make their children learn at home.
Says Ganga Sridhar, a resident of Raja Street, R.A.Puram, who has two sons studying at a school in Adyar, “One is studying in class 11 and one is in class 3. Both started attending online classes from the beginning of June.”
While my elder son attends classes on Zoom, my younger one gets lessons in the form of PowerPoint presentations, she says.
Following the classes, Ganga says, a number of assignments are also given to children. “But it is becoming difficult to get the children to do their homework as they are still in a holiday mood. Being at home they also get distracted a lot.”
Says another resident of this area, who has two children taking online classes, “When we teach the kids or ask them to complete assignments, they are not taking our words as seriously as they would take from their teachers. We are unable to be harsh on them too.”
Limited gadgets at home have also added to their problems. Ganga says, “We have a laptop and iPad. But apart from my children, I and my husband too need the gadgets for our work/classes. We do have another laptop, but it is not in working condition. And due to the lockdown, we are unable to get it repaired too.”