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COVID-19: As learning goes digital, Govt schools forget their students
7/15/2020 12:15:11 AM

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JAMMU, July 14: Amid the prevalent crises when education is becoming the worst hit and online mode of learning is becoming a norm, the question remains whether the government-run schools here can excel with the trend?
Across the country, keeping in view the current crises, through online mode a resilient education system is being tried to be build that can avert any such crises in future. The online mode of learning is becoming a new norm in society. However, in Jammu and Kashmir, a big question mark has been put on the trend due to the ill-preparedness of the government-run schools here at large.
Educationists and experts believe that even if the private institutions and the kids studying there would deal with the new trend somehow, it is extremely difficult for the government-run schools to deal with the situation and adopt new ways of learning. They believe that due to the lack of infrastructure and the latest equipment like computers and the internet, the kids of the government schools are at the receiving end of this ongoing uncertain situation. “It is going to be a herculean task for the kids studying in government schools to get equipped with the requisite technology and avail the online learning facilities.
There are schools which have absolutely no electricity connections, leave alone even seeing a computer inside the premises,” says a senior official at the education department here.
He maintained further that the government must adopt a long-lasting strategy for the government schools and the kids studying there so that these poor children aren’t left at the mercy of this unfavorable situation.
Besides the departmental survey, a study done by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has also revealed that nearly 80 percent of the schools in the JK are without electricity connections. Little so far has been done to put the lid over such crises and while the government ought to take remedial measures sans any delay, it is raising concern over why the department isn’t functioning in a digital mode.
In the study, ASSOCHAM has listed 10 states with poor electricity supply in schools, Jammu and Kashmir ranks fourth. The states topping the list include Bihar, with just 8.1% of schools having electricity, and Jharkhand (12.0 %) and Assam (15.9%). There are as many as 6000 schools in the state without electricity. The survey has also revealed that 75 percent of schools have no computer labs.
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