Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pariksha Pe Chalcha, an annual event that reaches out to schoolchildren, teachers and parents online, is a commendable act in engaging key stakeholders in the education system. The interactive mode, where students pose questions to her PM, is lively and highlights key issues plaguing this ecosystem. Hopefully, relevant authorities are reorienting their priorities and policies accordingly. Since its first publication in February 2018 to coincide with school exams, charcha has been providing life lessons to ‘exam warriors’. Like family elders, PMs deal with concerns such as cheating, stress, time management, family and peer pressure, and career paths.
A particularly important point highlighted this time is the need for gadget fasting by children. The increasing amount of time they spend online is a worrisome trend. The virtual learning mode necessitated by his Covid pandemic in 2020 saw a surge in the number of children using mobile phones and laptops. Surveys showed he was 65% addicted to the digital world that year. Overall, the average time spent on smartphones increased by 25% to about 7 hours per day. There are many effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such as children preferring devices to study, play games, chat, or follow their icons. , lack of concentration, insomnia, stress, difficulty adapting to real-life situations, and cyberbullying. Parents and teachers must reverse this trend by restricting children’s use of gadgets.
Over the past five years, Pariksha Pecharcha’s participation has grown from 20,000 to 38.8 million students, parents and teachers, reflecting its growing popularity. There is also hope here that both children and parents listen to PM and do their best to optimize the time they spend with their gadgets. , need to get out of the virtual world and step into the real world more often.