The all-inclusive nature of chess is why it is catching up fast in getting integrated in school programs. More and more schools and academia are realizing Chess as an extremely valuable activity and a skill by itself. What sets chess apart from other after-school activities is the comprehensive way in which it provides an experience of skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, to name a few, which prepare individuals to face the world.
The overall classroom environment has been majorly affected, with attendance varying between 25 to 30 per cent. Additionally, statistics have shown that in India alone, more than 1.5 million schools closed down, impacting around 286 million children ranging from pre-primary to secondary levels. These statistics exclude those people who were already out of school prior to COVID. The most significant impact is found on people from underprivileged backgrounds and those who don’t have access to the technology that is needed to be part of an online classroom.
However, in some cases, different alternatives have also been found and, with the support of the teachers and institutes along with parents, resources have been made available to students as much as possible. Overall, with the emerging importance of a digital medium of education, there have certainly been some problems and drawbacks that have presented themselves along with some new advantages as well. A lot of new techniques of teaching and learning, methods of study and doing project work and assignments have also been made possible to be used in the classroom setting as a result of the adoption of online medium.