Ever since the nationwide lockdown has come into effect since 25th March 2020, educational activities across the country have come to a halt. As all the schools and colleges across the country are shut to control the spread of the virus, students have been advised by the authorities and school management to continue their education through the available online classes. But as many students do not have the necessary equipment for completing the online classes, they were facing problems with the continuation of their studies.
Now, in order to help deserving students continue their online classes during the lockdown, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has started various initiatives under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. The initiatives encompass various technical interventions at the right time to facilitate the education of students. One of the measures that the government has taken is to distribute free laptops, tabs, and braille readers to help the students attend online classes.
Multiple Initiatives Are Taken By The J-K Government
Under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir is undertaking a slew of measures. It has distributed free laptops and tablets at resource rooms to help the students. Free braille readers have also been distributed to visually challenged students for facilitating their online learning.
Additionally, the government has also started a career portal wherein students will be given guidance and advice regarding their career-related queries and questions. The students residing in the region can also seek guidance regarding shaping their careers. Additionally, students with no access to the internet or other technological resources can now get their lessons through the radio classes being organized by the government.
Continuing Education Is Extremely Important
According to an official spokesperson of the government in J & K, “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all educational institutes have been closed, and the government initiated the process of online or virtual classes.” He further added, “In order to maintain the continuity of education delivery to students, several steps are being taken.”
The government has already distributed 2500 tablets amongst the students to help them continue with their studies during the lockdown. These measures have come as a huge relief to students who were unable to continue their classes due to lack of resources. Now, they can continue with their education and learning process with the help of the tools made available to them.
The schools in the UT have been closed till 17th May 2020 i.e. the end of the third phase of the nationwide lockdown. But as the situation of the pandemic is not improving in the country, the lockdown is likely to be extended. So, the students in the region must make use of the available resources and continue their education.