Thiruvananthapuram: With the aim to reopen schools in June, the state is mulling over the feasibility of online schooling. A survey is being conducted to collect details of school, college going students regarding the possession of smartphones, computers and access to internet.
Among school students more than 50 percent have internet facility at home. Majority have television. Among college students, most of them have smartphones. A good percent of college students have access to desktop computers or laptops.
The survey also hinted at the feasibility of Arts subjects in colleges to be taught via radio. Details regarding FM, AM channels available are also collected.
In school level, survey has been complete in 4 districts. The classes would be mainly through Victers channel.
There are smart classrooms in more than 16,000 schools in state. Almost all colleges have smart classrooms.
In case of CBSE syllabus, teachers are instructed to use Zoom video calling app for online classes. For college students, teachers are instructed to prepare one-hour long lecture modules.
The surveys conducted by education department is on the view of the restrictions to prevail for longer period even if lockdown is lifted.
As per UGC recommendation, classes will begin only in September. This will adversely affect the semester system of education. As a resolve to this, Kerala is gearing up for online classes from June.
The surveys are to be completed by principals of each institution. Those who have difficulty in accessing internet and online classes will be provided arrangements for the same.
By Sisel Soman – COO