The difficult situation of housewives after Covid-19 | counter-currents

A mother of two children, Sarmishtha is a housewife in the Cachar district of Assam. Although no member of her family was infected during the second wave of Covid-19 in mid-2021, she says life has become more difficult since then.

“I can no longer cope with the workload at all because life has changed,” she complains.

“Pupils at the convent school mainly took online lessons, so they got used to reading everything on the internet. They are caught with their cell phones 24/7. As their friends do not go out, they are confined to the house. I wonder if they really work, so sometimes I have to at least watch the content my little lady sees. I try to divert his consideration by making him learn the keyboard and western vocal music. Children do not contact the textbooks I bought for the new semester. My eldest daughter misplaced her writing application and her thinking time was shortened so she could not complete her exam in time. Also, he was used to a number of screening questions, but the university reverted to long answer questions,” says Sarmishtha.

“He is also depressed because he can get a much better mark in the CBSE Year Ten exams but because of the confusion over the syllabus and the new marking system. All faculties are in fact about to move to NEP, so there are “character growth” actions every week. Bushes are adopted, a day of yoga is watched, dance and diction contests are held, but in a stereotypical approach. But no one is responsible for controlling the bullying that has so exacerbated a post-Covid phenomenon. The problems didn’t end here. Staying in housing for two years affected my eldest’s well-being. He can no longer run or walk around quickly, as he quickly becomes short of breath. He recently started taking teaching classes, so there are 10 kids crammed into the van and 50 students in the small teaching class, which overwhelms him. Moreover, no one wants to put on a mask because the academics do not insist.

Sharmila is another housewife living in Nagpur. Her only son is 7 years old. “The Covid cases have been strong for us because my son listened to all the discussions we had at home and even the arguments between us. I chased him every time he came here to give his “informed opinion”. But I really feel like Covid has aged it by at least 10 years. He started talking like a little adult. Even children who used to play in the park are now connected to the television or smartphone at home. I think they lost their childhood in those 2 years. Their brains are cluttered with an excessive amount of data.

“The faculties have also gone digital. Just yesterday my son’s college asked us to get a learning app for our kids. 50+ year old dad and mum have signed a memorandum of understanding against this transfer as they don’t need young children to use cell phones too soon as it is addictive and causes nervousness and despair. However, the faculties see it as a mere possibility. Children are invited to make films and are put online to study the functions. It is the so-called “intelligent study” that we adopt, but children become very dependent on digital tools. It might be simple for us, but what about workers who don’t have Android phones? And our children no longer work with their family and friends, they don’t like going out at home, they often become withdrawn. Nevertheless, probably this type of learning system will become the norm with the implementation of the new training coverage in the next 12 months.


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