Children of Kollamkunnu colony struggle to attend online classes due poor network
Malampuzha: The children of the Malampuzha Kollamkunnu colony have to keep moving from place to place such as the pump house, under the shade of a tree or near the Malampuzha dam for getting network to attend online classes.
The children from the classes LKG to higher secondary are part of this trip in search of ‘network’. The goal of this trip is to download the classes that their teachers have recorded and posted on the social media group.
After downloading, they return to their respective houses to do the learning activity, then again return to the spot to upload the finished homework. Those having live online classes will have to stay there.
This is a daily routine since the online education system started last year. They got power supply at house just a few months ago. Though TV was bought at some houses, the signals are so weak that a small wind can cut them off.
There are 50 children studying at Anakkal Tribal School and Malampuzha High School from the Kollamkunnu colony. The community representatives said that 97 of these children do not have a phone with learning facilities. Other children rely on their parents' phones. When the parents are off to work, the children cannot learn.
‘My father goes for small building works. He leaves at 8 in the morning and returns at night,’ a class 6 student said. He downloads the class after his father arrives at night. The children also say that they will not be able to hear the class properly when it rains heavily.
Presently, classes are being broadcasted on TV for children at the Anganwadi in Ayyappanpotta, but it is difficult for all the children to reach here. The children have only one request to the authorities that they need network in their phone to keep learning.