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Caste, Covid-19 and the Public Education System in India
The foundations of academic freedom as a basic human right include the ability, capacity and right to think, and the nurturing of a critical consciousness. As India went into lockdown within hours in March 2020, the government fast-tracked its “New Education Policy 2020” and also announced its drive for “online education”. 1.5 years on, emerging analyses show that a significant proportion of school students from the most socio-economically marginalised communities have not only lost more than a year of education but are also forgetting their prior learnings. Access to and continuation of higher education has also been significantly affected. Education experts have also been expressing concerns regarding many aspects of the NEP2020, including its casteised underpinnings that will encourage re-establishment of graded inequality in Indian society, and the NEP's celebration of online education.

This webinar will discuss the harms and benefits of the online education project instituted during the Covid pandemic and the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP2020) on the public education system in India.

Panellists:
◆ Akram Dhalait, Independent Researcher, Maharashtra, India, Research Team Member, The SCHOOL Study
◆ Beena Pallical, General Secretary, National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), Delhi, India
◆ Gunjan Sharma, Faculty Member, School of Education Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi, India

Moderators:
◆ Mohit Verma, Bahujan Economists; Research Team Member, The SCHOOL Study; Research Associate, Good Business Lab, India
◆ Maithri, Research Master's in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nov 27, 2021 02:30 PM in Amsterdam

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