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The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented situation, which resulted in prolonged school closure in India and across the world. Schools were fully or partially closed in India for over two years, among the longest periods in any country. Governments responded as best as they could, primarily through enabling education using technology. However, given the nature of digital divide in the country and the lack of readiness of teachers, these efforts were suboptimal at best. Further, while face to face learning was not possible, some efforts at teacher-driven community-based learning were made. However well-meaning, these efforts could not prevent the loss of curricular learning for the period schools were closed as well as loss of learning or forgetting what had been learnt before schools were closed. At the same time, the efforts of teachers during these difficult times must be noted. Despite these severe unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, it was the concerted effort of engaged and motivated teachers that provided rays of hope. As frontline professionals who are the best positioned to understand, empathise, and devise innovative and consistent approaches to the challenges faced by the children who come to their schools, many teachers across the country showed how the seemingly insurmountable problems of the pandemic could also be addressed. Like other frontline workers across government departments, many engaged teachers across the country ignored the ‘fear’ of the pandemic and took it as their professional calling to devise ways and means to stay connected with the children from their schools and communities, offering what they only can do to help children stay connected with schools and learning processes even during multiple adversities they were facing. This volume brings together a series of studies done during the pandemic. It is an attempt to document and to highlight the unique challenges of the situation as well as efforts to overcome these challenges.
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Education is fundamental to every society in many ways. It is the most organised process for economic, social and cultural development. It is also a systematic effort of a society to progress towards its ideals. In the case of India, to bring to life the vision and values of the Constitution. For a democratic society, a vibrant public education system is foundational.
Our Series on Issues in Education aims to bring into focus educational matters that are important for the improvement of the education system in India. It will attempt to connect to the reality of education on the ground, which is often complex and defies any kind of clear narrative and definitive conclusions.
This series emerges from the deep presence of Azim Premji Foundation in 50 disadvantaged districts in the country and our work with school systems in over 15 States and the Government of India. We bring to bear our 19 years of experience in working directly and continuously with over a million public schools, teachers and education leaders. The first volume in this series is on teachers and teacher education.
In this volume, we look at the functioning of teacher education institutions, examine the kind of support that teachers in the public system receive and understand the conditions within which teachers work.