To help handle the digital divide in online schooling, the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has determined to set up cellular banks with the help of voluntary organisations.
Smartphones and different devices collected at these banks can be distributed to students.
At a press convention on Friday, S. Suresh Kumar, Primary and Secondary Education Minister, stated that Block Education Officers have roped in voluntary organisations, such because the Rotary International, the Lions Club, and have established cellular banks of their jurisdiction.
“These banks will help provide gadgets to students who do not have access to gadgets,” he stated.
A latest survey by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education discovered that round 33% out of 93.01 lakh students within the State didn’t have entry to cellphones, tablets, computer systems or another devices that they require to attend online classes.
The Minister added that they plan to rope in NGOs and voluntary organisations to be sure that students from rural areas get entry to these devices. The modalities of this can be mentioned throughout a gathering that can be held subsequent week.
Internet connectivity or the shortage of it’s one other downside that the federal government has promised to handle. “I have spoken to officials and directed them to convene a meeting with service providers of different companies to see how they can reach students in remote areas,” he stated. The division has additionally determined to be sure that all of the gram panchayat libraries have a tv set in order that students can attend classes that can be telecast on DD Chandana.
As 40% of the students and their households have reported that they don’t have entry to the Internet to attend their online classes. The hottest medium broadly accessible to students is tv and radio. The survey had revealed that solely 9.3% of students didn’t have both a tv or a radio.