Principal's Message

Dear Teachers/Parents/Students,
Greetings from Holyangels’ school.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a new strain discovered
in 2019, which had not been previously identified in humans, has thrown up new
challenges across the globe and India is no exception.

The national lockdown imposed to check the spread of the
novel coronavirus literally and suddenly shut down our schools indefinitely.
The worst affected section among the people, is our students. All of a sudden
an entire generation of children has seen their education interrupted. But the
introduction of online learning by schools is a commendable initiative which
can actually ensure that learning remains on track.

With e-learning in its nascent stage in our school, are
children receiving in-depth education in the digital mode or is it just that
they are spending a little too long time in front of the computer or mobile
phone screens? Are children happy to attend online classes? It has come to
light that many parents have to sit with students of lower classes to make the
online classes workable. But it is often not feasible with most of the working
parents. In several cases, teachers too have been stressed out due to
unfavourable reactions from students and parents. These are genuine queries and
concerns by the stake holders in education.
We have neither easy answers nor easy way out. Our concerns are
well-founded. After all children enjoy fun and frolic in school.

Digital learning is a good option to keep school going
children engaged but we admit, it has many limitations: online teaching takes
time; It cannot replace many of the informal social interactions children have
at school; Apart from the excitement present in the real class room, the
greatest advantage of face-to-face teaching is eye contact; Both are woefully
absent in e-learning.

The apprehension and anxiety of many a parent is that
online classes have increased the screen time of students. Before lockdown, if
most youngsters spent time on social media/online games, now they seem to spend
additional time staring at their mobiles. It is not only online classes. It is
followed by completing assignment and tuitions which have also gone

However, it would be unwise to discard the concept of
online classes lock, stock and barrel. At a time when education has been thrown
off the track, it is the only viable alternative. Covid 19 has in fact given an
opportunity to test the waters. To make the new teaching method successful, all
of us must broadly focus on the new normal.

Have a great time ahead!!

Fr. Justin Joseph, Principal.