According to a survey titled “Kids Under COVID” by SP Robotic Works, an online education company, 78 percent of Indian parents are unwilling to send their wards to school after lockdown, even if it means repeating a school year.
The survey results reveal the dilemma of parents and children and bring to light the most important areas of attention.
Safety of your wards, top priority
The survey report found that parents from Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad and mini-metros are skeptical about sending their children to school even when it has been declared safe. 82 to 86 percent are not willing to take a risk with their children.
In the cohort, the guardians are the most protective. Only 17 percent are willing to send their children to school as soon as schools are open again, compared to the self-employed (30 percent) and freelancers (56 percent).
Parents and students opt out of online classes
While most schools have successfully switched to online, the model is less effective as more than two-thirds of children prefer to study in the classroom.
Interestingly, children and parents in smaller towns and cities and non-metros seem to prefer online learning over those in metros with the exception of Bengaluru.
The era of female entrepreneurship
15 percent of girls aspire to become entrepreneurs when they grow up, a higher percentage than boys.
Entrepreneurship comes second after the idea of becoming a doctor. According to a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute, Indian GDP could increase by 16 to 60 percent by 2025 if women were equally involved in the economy as men.
Projections show that this could mean adding a whopping $ 2.9 trillion to the economy.
The available data show that mini-metros and non-metros are more likely to produce entrepreneurs than metros.
Science and technology, along with other dream jobs, continue to dominate the aspirations of young India. 52.5 percent of children would like to become either a scientist, a technologist, a data scientist or a doctor.
The trend of coding and robotics
The survey also mentioned that 23 percent of parents engaged their children in an online robotics course during the embargo period. While 32 percent engaged them in an online coding class.
Surprisingly, Mumbai tops the charts with 42 percent of kids taking robotics / coding classes, while kids at the Bengaluru and Kolkata technology center prefer to spend time with traditional favorites like reading or practicing a musical instrument.
Children’s mental health
The survey results underscore the noticeable change in behavior and habits among school visitors after the forced lockdown.
The sleep pattern of almost 50 percent of the children is disturbed, 13 percent of the children do not have a regular sleep pattern.
Understandably, 67 percent of parents believe that their child’s screen time increased by at least 50 percent during lockout, which further affects their concentration and leads to disturbed sleep.
The fear of a pandemic affected 40 percent of the children surveyed and caused unspoiled anxiety problems.
Commenting on the impact of the lockdown and crisis of Covid-19, Sneha Priya S, Co-Founder and CEO of SP Robotic Works, said: “Covid has proven to be a hub for education in India. The current situation has revealed the immense potential of experiential and interactive learning platforms that involve children in practical assignments and logical thinking. “
She added: “With the proposed NEP, we believe that hope is new to the young minds of the country. Politicians rightly emphasize the importance of including experiential learning and replacing the existing pedagogy of teaching mathematics and science in schools. A policy that SP Robotic Works adheres to in all of our engagements with children. “
SP Robotic Works conducted the survey in July and August of 3,600 parents and an equal number of children in the 7-17 age group.