'Online' academic year begins; 20 pc students have zero access to digital classes
Kozhikode: When a new academic year of digital classes commences in the state, about 20 percent students do not have access to online facilities. About 12 percent students do not have television at homes and 8 percent are unable to access smartphones. This was found out in a survey conducted by Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP).
It was announced that there will be online classes in school level also. However, a section of students would not be able to access this. Earlier, a survey was conducted with the help of teachers to identify the students without access to online classes. Online study centres were opened for such students, but they were closed due to covid spread.
Last year, 67 percent students watched digital classes via Victers channel regularly. 39.5 percent students faced difficulties due to slow network speed. Zero access to internet and smart phone were other reasons for absence in digital classes. Financial difficulties to recharge phones and lack of proper range also caused trouble.
Dr AP Kuttikrishnan, director of Samagra Siksha Keralam, said that lack of facilities for online classes can be identified only through a scientific survey which includes internet speed, recharging, speed of network and the like.