No access to TV, smartphones; 2.61 lakh students in jeopardy as Kerala gears up for online schooling
Kochi: The state government is mulling over online schooling from June amid coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown. However, the survey conducted by Samagra Shiksha Kerala, under General Education Department, identified 2.61 lakh students who have no access to televisions, computers, smartphones or internet.
Out of the details collected from 43.76 students in the survey, 5.98 percent students have no facilities for online learning. Compared to other states, the number in Kerala is very less.
Samagra Shiksha Kerala project director AP Kuttikrishnan said that alternate facilities will be arranged for these students. Government is looking into the possibility of making arrangements with the help of local self-government bodies.
These students include those hailing from adivasi regions and coastal areas. Also many belong to economically backward section.
Education department is considering special classrooms in the regions identified or at schools itself adhering to coronavirus prevention regulations.
The district-wise number of students who have no access to internet are: