Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
3. With the pandemic forcing everyone to consider e-learning tools and resources, now is a good time to assess its strengths and opportunities, and adapt to the new normal. Comment.(250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered educational institutions across the globe. Closure of schools, colleges and universities, shutdown of routine life of students and teachers, disruptions in education and the education ministry remaining incommunicado, have created an unprecedented situation and thrown many unexpected challenges to administrators, educators, teachers, parents and students. The situation has created the new normal. How to cope with the new normal is the question that everyone is now asking.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the need for SWOT analysis amidst the pandemic with respect to the e-learning tools and resources.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly discuss the impact of the pandemic on the education system across the world.
Explain that it is good to carry out a SWOT — Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats — analysis of the COVID-19 situation and its impact on education. This exercise can help us set new goals and objectives and move forward. Discuss different dimensions involved – Can everyone in the country afford e-learning? Is online education an elite concept in India? Will the digital divide further cement inequality and create an academic divide in the country? Explain the opportunities, weaknesses and strengths.
Conclude with way forward.