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Optimal Hybrid Schooling Strategies for Sustaining Skilling

This article is on understanding what solutions may work for tackling the challenges faced by the Indian education system due to the pandemic or any disruption (like viral infection and climate change). The author suggests eight strategies to facilitate parents, teachers, school management, and the community to stay at home and school. Schools can develop an optimisation system to implement the strategy in an emergency or disruption. These strategies keep in mind the pupil–teacher ratio of 15 (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development average), classroom size, sick or other leaves by any of the stakeholders, vacations, developing countries, remote access, high population density, first-dose adult vaccination of all family members of the pupil, and teachers, strictly follow sanitize, mask and social distancing (SMS) norms, fines or punishment imposed in relaxing of COVID-19 protocols, and willingness to adopt digital technologies. The strategies also work for those children who opt for vocational school training. Given that the pandemic is here to stay, the Indian school-level education system should consider adopting hybrid solutions. It is crucial to reduce the learning losses due to the pandemic and achieve the various National Education Policy, 2020 goals.