CPPR Chairman Dr Dhanuraj comments in a article published in Dainik Bhaskar on the recently started ‘first bell’ online education. He says ” Online class cannot replace the actual class. The online courses have been accepted in higher education, but it has not been effective in school education. “
When the new academic session started in Kerala in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, there was neither a bell in the classroom nor a special program to welcome new children. This time, lakhs of children from class I to XII are studying in their own homes through TV. The state government tried to continue schooling without violating the lockdown.
The online class has been named ‘First Bell’, which was telecasted through the Kerala Infrastructure for Technical Education (KITE) on the state government’s educational TV channel Victors. The channel was launched in July 2005. It was then inaugurated by former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
If online class was not available, then
9th student Devika from Suicide Malappuram could not do online class. His home TV was not working. His phone was also not charged. Unable to do class, she came into depression and committed suicide.
There are about 45 lakh children in Kerala who have TVs and smartphones and are able to do online classes. But, there are 2.61 lakh children who have neither TV. Nor smartphone. Especially in rural and tribal areas, children do not have the facility to do online classes.
After this incident, the Youth Organization has brought an idea called TV Challenge. Under this scheme, anyone can donate extra TV, tablet or smartphone in their home. It can be new as well as used. Volunteers associated with the organization will come to your home and these TVs or phones will reach the needy children.
According to Shine Kumar of DYFI organization, 14 TV’s have been assembled in a week so far from our area as part of this effort. Two of them are older, but are working. Everyone else is new. These will be given to the library, reading rooms and public halls where children can study.
On social media, the
online class on social media is being highly appreciated. Both students and parents are praising it. Online class video lectures are becoming viral on social media. A large number of people are sharing it. During this period, some teachers have become celebrity overnight. Sai Sweta, a resident of Kozhikode, has gone viral on social media. People are praising him.
Kite CEO Anwar Sadath said, ‘We were able to launch this online class because we had facilities earlier. We did not have much trouble in the coronary crisis. For this, 70 thousand projectors, 4 thousand 545 TV sets and laptops were used.
The state government had ordered the local administration to provide online class facilities to all. Make arrangements for those who do not have the facility to do TV and online classes. For this, IT devices present in schools can also be used.
The video can also be seen on YouTube,
Anwar said that the online class has been started as a trial for two weeks, so that if there are any shortcomings, then it is corrected. He told that once online class is done, it will also have repeat telecast. Also, its videos will be uploaded on YouTube. Soon it will also be made available on DTH and other cable service providers. He told that where the syllabus of Kerala is applicable in Lakshadeep, 7 thousand 472 children of 34 schools got the benefit of this online class.
Second language students will also benefit from
online class winners in Malayalam language. Anwar said that there are children in the state whose languages are different. Especially children of migrant laborers who study in Kerala government schools. So we have planned that these children do not have to face difficulties at the linguistic level when the videos are uploaded on YouTube.
He told that the videos uploaded on YouTube are getting better response. 3 million people have watched YouTube. This shows that children and their parents as well as other people are watching the video. He said that the public also has a chance to understand the skills of teachers of government schools.
CBSE schools are
TV channels for government school children dependent on the internet , but for CBSE children, the internet is the only support. Although the Internet is a better and modern medium, it also has to face many problems. For this, both teachers and students should have better internet availability and good speed.
A parent Rajesh P Jose told that CBSE does not have any channel, so children have to do classes on mobile. He told that after the end of class, it is difficult to take care of what children see on mobile and which website they visit. TPM Ibrahim, president of the CBSE School Management Association, said that the central government should make TV channels available like NCERT.
Dr. D Dhanu Raj, chairman of a think tank (CPPR) in Kochi, believes that online class cannot replace the actual class. This is just an option. He said that online courses have been accepted in higher education, but it has not been effective in school education.
This news article was published in Dainik Bhaskar June 9, 2020. Click here to read