Kerala Education Department has taken the initiative to make the online classes being conducted easily accessible for economically weak and backward students. Many students from economically weaker backgrounds were facing problems with accessing the online classes being organized for different classes. So, the state government has decided to conduct online classes for economically weak and backward students at libraries and Anganwadis. As these students do not have access to computers, smartphones, or television, the initiative from the state government will go a long way in helping the students continue their education. Read Also | Karnataka School: No Online Classes For Children Till Class 5, Karnataka Government

While interacting with the media, a state education officer stated that “This year it’s somewhat impossible to open schools, but the state government has introduced a new method of online learning. On June 1, the state government introduced a trial run of online learning.” The officer added that a lot of students from backward and poor communities regularly come to these centers for their lessons. This has addressed the problem of the lack of smartphones with their families.

 

Details About The Online Classes

The local community and gram panchayats are also playing their part in this initiative of the state government. While interacting with the media regarding the online classes, a teacher from Maruthonkara in Kozhikode explained the entire process of the classes being conducted at the libraries and Anganwadis for the tribal students in the area. The Maruthonkara Grama Panchayath has provided screens, a laptop, and a projector to help the students attending the classes. Check Also >> New Education Policy: Sports To Be Included as an Integral Part of The Curriculum – Sports Minister

These classes at the libraries and Anganwadis are being conducted through the first-ever education satellite channel in India, Victors. The classes are regulated and conducted by the state education department. Classes are conducted from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM on weekdays for students from different classes. The detailed schedule of the classes has already been shared with the students, to help them plan their studies accordingly. Additionally, students from the “Kaattunayaka” tribe in the state are also attending the online classes at these centers as per the schedule. 

 

No Certainty Over Re-opening of The Schools

The schools in Kerala have been closed ever since the cases started emerging in the state in the month of March. That is why the government took the initiative to conduct online classes through the exclusive satellite channel Victers, to ensure that the students can continue their learning process. As the chances of the schools in Kerala opening anytime soon look quite bleak, so the students will do well to continue their education using the online classes being organized by the education department in the state. The pending exams for class 10th and 12th students had to be postponed multiple times in the state as well due to the extended lockdown. Check Also >> Yoga Olympiad 2020: NCERT To Hold Yoga Olympiad Online This Year, Check Details

 

With the unforeseen outbreak of the global pandemic caused by the novel Coronavirus, the whole world has come to a standstill. Academics had also been abruptly disrupted with no prior planning, and online modes of teaching and learning have taken over to be the new norm. It is in light of this that the Karnataka State government has approached the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to help them with televising classes in a statewide fashion.

 

 “We request you to provide a minimum three channels on the Doordarshan network exclusively for the Department of Public Instruction, Government of Karnataka,” the letter to Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar by Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar read. Check Also >> Karnataka SSLC Exam Date 2020: Guidelines Issued For Exams, Dates To Be Released Soon!

 

Channels Sought To Help Students With Their Lessons

In his letter of request, Mr. Suresh Kumar has also mentioned that the Information and Broadcasting ministry may also consider co-branding a few channels under the Doordarshan as well as the education department of the state. The minister has sought the help of the ministry of I&B to allow at least 3 channels on DD network for the purpose of teaching and learning exclusively by the department of public instruction. These channels should be made mandatory for transmission by the MSOs and the DTH cable operators abiding by the Cable Act.

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The education department of Karnataka has gone the extra mile in holding a discussion with the Prasar Bharti officials, who have agreed upon telecasting on the existing channel Chandana, which is the educational channel of the state, for a total of six hours time slots on a charged basis. Keeping this in mind, designated teachers have been contacted for creating the content to be televised. “We have also made all the necessary arrangements for content creation by the teachers,” said Mr. Kumar. The government schools in the state are operated in nine regional languages, including Kannada, English, and Urdu. However, the teaching and learning process through television has been decided to be conducted in Kannada medium. Check Latest >> Maharashtra Schools To Begin From 15 June, Starts With Online Classes

 

Wide Reach Of Television The Main Reason

Apparently, the medium of television had occurred to the department of public instruction, and the most effective medium for home learning as almost 95% of the households had them. This conclusion had been made after considering all other technological options, meanwhile. “To cater to all the students and to consider a long-term strategy to run schools by maintaining social distancing, we are in immediate need of a minimum three exclusive channels to teach through TV,” the minister had added. This cost-based initiative needs a huge capital expenditure for which the Government of Karnataka is short of funds. This is the reason why the government has approached the Information and Broadcasting ministry for help. 

 

 

 

 

According to the recent statement of the Delhi Directorate of Education, it is the duty of the private unaided schools to provide the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students with desktops, laptops, smartphones, or high-speed internet facilities for them to avail the online earning facilities. This obligation was submitted before the High Court of Delhi by the Delhi Directorate.

 

Schools Must Ensure That No Student Is Left Behind

 

The Directorate submitted a counter affidavit in the court, which highlights the responsibility that each of these schools should take to ensure that no student can be left from not being able to receive online education due to the deficiency of learning materials that are necessary to attend these online classes. The statement also went on to focus on the Right to Education Act, which makes the government duty-bound to release funds and reimbursements for the same.

 

 

The Directorate had filed the counter affidavit in response to the petition that demanded that the schools provide laptops, smartphones, and high-speed internet connections to the students belonging to the EWS category studying in private unaided schools and are unable to take the online classes which have been the substitute for the loss of classes during the lockdown period amidst the COVID 19 outbreak.

 

Notice Issued To The Private Schools In Delhi

 

On the basis of the petition filed by the NGO, Justice For All and the government through an affidavit, 15 private schools in Delhi have been issued a show-cause notice for not providing free learning accessories like laptops, i-pads, android phones with a high-speed internet connection to the students. “The children belonging to economically weaker section (EWS) or disadvantaged group (DG) category are protected under Article 21A of Constitution for getting an equitable quality education, and the state is duty-bound to remove all financial barriers coming in the way of getting quality education in the same manner as their counterpart fee-paying students are getting in the school,” the NGO has said in its plea. The Education Department in Delhi was sought for a response based on this by the bench of Justices Manmohan & Sanjeev Narula.

 

The Delhi Court of late has made it clear that the schools and the government must ensure that not even a single student must be deprived of online education due to the deficiency of learning materials. In this regard, the schools have been expected to collect the equipment necessary for facilitating the online education for the EWS students and apply for reimbursement with the central government. A hearing has been scheduled for the same on June 10, 2020.

 

The petition files state that about 50,000 EWS students are not able to attend the online classes which are the only alternative in the lockdown, due to the lack of facilities needed to avail them, like laptops, phones, or high-speed internet facilities.

 

 

 

Ever since the nationwide lockdown came into effect, educational authorities are looking at new ways to disseminate educational content amongst the students. Many schools have been using their website or online learning management systems to ensure that educational activities keep ongoing.

 

Now there is an interesting and unique way that has been adopted by the schools affiliated with the Madhya Pradesh Board to distribute academic content amongst the students. As per the latest reports, many schools affiliated with the Madhya Pradesh Board are using WhatsApp to send educational content to the students. In the Indore division, almost two-thirds of the schools are using WhatsApp to ensure that students actively receive academic content.

 

MP Board Uses WhatsApp: More Than One Lakh Students Being Benefitted

Indore is the worst Coronavirus affected region in the state of Madhya Pradesh. That is why schools in the region have been quite innovative in continuing the education process in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown. As per the latest reports, 645 higher secondary schools and 727 high schools affiliated with the Madhya Pradesh Board are using more than 1260 WhatsApp groups to continue the educational practices.

 

As of now, more than 1.4 Lakh students in the Indore division receiving education content through different WhatsApp groups. When contacted, The Joint Director of Indore Division, Mr. Manish Verma said, “In a bid to make certain that all students get education content, the department has been trying to make its outreach as much as possible via various modes for all.

 

MP Board Uses WhatsApp: Private Schools Also Joining The Revolution

 

The innovative use of WhatsApp is now also benefitting private school students affiliated with the board. The education department in the state is now also distributing the same content to the private schools as well. In turn, the schools are using more than 5,880 WhatsApp groups to disseminate the educational content to over 1.2 Lakh students. In the Indore district itself, there are 95 higher secondary schools and 69 high schools that are using 513 WhatsApp groups to reach 19,500 Students.

 

MP Board Uses WhatsApp: Local Cable Channels Also Being Used

 

When the reports revealed that almost 35% of students studying in classes 9th to 12th have been unable to access the content via WhatsApp, the department has decided to avail of the network of local cable channels.

 

Along with private cable channels, Doordarshan will also start showing education content for the students of class 10th and 12th in the state from 11th May onwards. This presents a great opportunity for students who do not have access to WhatsApp or the internet. They can now continue their lessons through the direct broadcast of content conveniently.

 

 

Schools in Delhi have been closed since mid-March to control the spread of Coronavirus infection amongst the students. But this has put the academic future of the students in a quandary as not only are the final examinations pending for certain subjects; new academic session might not start at least till July 2020. As a result, the schools have been looking for alternate arrangements to help the students with continuing their studies.

 

Delhi Education: Online Classes & Study Materials To EVS Students

Online classes have been one such endeavor that aims to ensure that education does not stop. But students belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Children with Special Needs (CWSN), and Disadvantaged Group (DG) have been unable to access the online learning resources and are suffering due to it.

 

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Delhi Government has issued instructions to all private unaided schools operating in Delhi to provide the children from the above-mentioned categories with the necessary study material and online classes at the earliest. As of now, no special arrangements have been made by the private unaided schools in Delhi to assist the students enrolled under these sections.

 

The notice issued by the Directorate of Education states that “All the Private Unaided Recognized Schools providing online learning material or classes to the students are hereby directed to ensure that online classes or learning material are also provided to the students admitted under EWS, DG, CWSN category.”

 

The notice issued by the Directorate of Education further added that “In no case, any EWS, DG, CWSN category student shall be deprived of providing online classes or learning material.” Moreover, the notice specified that  “Schools shall ensure the same (access to online classes) in a similar manner as being provided to General category students.” The said notice was issued on 29th April 2020 and instructed the schools to take the necessary actions immediately.

 

On the other hand, Delhi Government has asked the Central Government to cancel the CBSE Board Exams for Class 10th and 12th students and have asked them to be assessed based on their performance in the internal assessment.

 

Ever since the closure of schools in Delhi since 16th March 2020, parents and students have been facing significant inconvenience due to the coronavirus lockdown. Schools have been looking for alternate modes of teaching, and online classes have become the new normal. But students form specific sections were facing problems as no particular arrangements had been made for them.

 

Now that the guidelines have been issued from the Delhi Government, it can be expected that the students from Economically Weaker Section (EWS), Children with Special Needs (CWSN), and Disadvantaged Group (DG) will also be able to continue their studies without any hassles.

 

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