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Every child has the right to education On August 4, 2009, India enacted the right to education act that describe the modalities of the importance of free and compulsory education for children between the age of 6 years and 14yeard in India. When the act came into effect on April 1, 2010, the country become one of the 135 nations to make education a fundamental right to every child. Even in times of crisis education is a fundamental human right. But there has been a great impact of COVID-19 on education not only in India but in the world. 80% of the students worldwide have been affected due to the pandemic. How has educational technology impacted student learning in India? India has been one of the hardest-hit countries of Covid-19. Beyond the staggering impact on human life. Covid-19 has greatly disrupted access to education in India with 247 million primary and secondary school students. And a total of 91% of students have been affected due to pandemics. While school systems in India and across the world have made efforts to reach students at home through various means but every student can't afford these due to which the poorest children will be hurt the most by the pandemic related school closures. Now the issue in education is not regarding boys or girls but its about poor or rich. Now as many students who can't go to schools and can't take classes online are going to work to help their family which increases child labour. There are many students who used to come to school just because they could get food in mid day meal. The great midday meal scheme has helped many students who couldn’t bring their food from their homes to get nutrients. Parents are supporting their children throughout the pandemic but due to pandemic and lockdown, they are either can't go to work or don’t have a job which makes them helpless.

India can not keep citing the pandemic to deprive children of education. It’s not easy for the students who all of sudden are taking online classes because they have taken offline classes since childhood. The pandemic has set back a lot of progress made in education but is not lost. Now is the time to reimagine education rather than relying heavily on digital modes of education. . It is the duty of the government to provide free elementary education and also to ensure compulsory admission to every child in the age group of 6 to 14 years. Government need to focus on providing blended educational model such as neighbourhood learning session in which students of some area can learn through a teacher in that area. Also, the government can provide a phone or a laptop along with the internet to the students who are in need. And this way government can provide some facilities to overcome the learning gap. It is high time that the government come up with an innovative solution to the emerging situation.

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