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Punjab, Kerala nd Tamil Nadu have scored higher than 90% in Performance Grading Index for 2019-20. The report was release on Sunday by the Education Ministry. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have seen good progress while Gujarat dropped from second to eighth rank in the index.

The progress of States and Union Territories made in school education with regard to learning outcomes, access and equity, infrastructure and facilities, and governance and management processes is monitored in this index for each year.

Tamil Nadu took an overall score of 906 which took it ahead of kerala. The score imporvement was largely driven by improvements in the State’s educational governance and management, as well as in terms of infrastructure and facilities.

Gujarat, which had the second highest score in the previous edition, dropped to eighth place. It has regressed in the key domain of access, which measures enrolment of students in school and the ability to keep them from dropping out as well as mainstreaming out-of-school students. Its progress in other areas also did not keep pace with other States.

Even before the central government had announced lockdown, schools and other educational institutions were the first to shut down during the Covid – 19 pandemic. Many schools and colleges immediately opted for online classes to continue the teaching process and of late this has become the new trend and has unexpectedly brought the edtech industry into limelight.

The New Indian Express quotes Mrinal Mohit, Head of Sales & Marketing Think & Learn Pvt. Ltd. (BYJU’S) as “At BYJU’S, we have received an overwhelming response from the student community, with over six million new students accessing the app in March alone. Earlier, students used to spend 2-3 days per week on the platform, but because of the lockdown, they are using the platform on a daily basis. We have witnessed a 200 per cent surge in the overall engagement on the app.”

A school in Ladakh, called Chamneth Angmo, has effectively used the Whatsapp platform to reach its students during this critical situation. The nursery teachers from this school make videos and narrate stories. They are making sure that their videos are short, appealing and at hilarious at the same time. It is quite an interesting method as to how online platforms can be used effectively to not only communicate but also impart knowledge to kids.

However, the teachers do believe that they can only guide the students, but it is the parents that can physically help them. Many parents are now taking extra efforts to make sure they dedicate some time for helping their children in learning. There are still schools across the subcontinent that haven’t yet resorted to online classes, and it is the responsibility of the parents to keep revising what was taught in school and also try to keep their enhancing their kids’ knowledge.

In these unparalleled conditions the combined efforts of teachers and parents are the only way to sustain the importance of education.