In the wake of successive lockdowns forced by the pandemic, state education department, teachers and NGOs are devising innovative ways to help students without smartphone and Internet access continue their education.
Little thought is being given to how students of corporation schools will be able to access this, given that for most of them access to quality internet connection and the devices required is severely limited.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s Smiling School Project will train principals and teachers to identify students facing mental or emotional distress. These students will then receive free counselling. But will it be enough, given the nature and magnitude of the problem?