Odisha schools are closed due to the Covid pandemics, but students from a school in the Koraput district have been heading to a school in the remote Lamtaput neighborhood since Monday to attend online classes.
As of Monday, elementary and high school students at Project Upper Primary School campus in Ankadeli area of ââLamtaput block of Koraput district come to school because they cannot attend classes that the school and mass education department started with live streaming on Youtube.
On Tuesday, Payal Majhi, a high school grade 9 student also traveled from her home in the Machhkund area to the school as the BSNL tower could not provide the bandwidth required for the class to broadcast live on Youtube.
âI had to come to school because my mobile is not able to broadcast the Youtube lessons. We also need a big datapack. We have broadband at the school which is good enough to watch Youtube lessons live, âsaid Majhi. Like her, other students also went to school with their mobile so as not to miss the live broadcast from Youtube.
Odisha schools and colleges have been closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To further education, the state government launched online live streaming to YouTube from grades 1 to 10 starting Monday. While online courses for 1-8s only take place in 8 districts, so do 9-10 courses in all 30 districts. Lessons are broadcast from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for students in classes 1 to 3, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for classes 4 to 8. For classes 9 and 10, lessons take place between 10.45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
While Odia, English, History, Geography, Hindi and Sanskrit classes will take place three times a week, Science and Math classes will be broadcast twice a week for students in the class X. For class 9, there would be four Odia and English classes, and 3 remaining subject classes per week. Earlier this month, the Odisha School Education Program Authority wrote a letter to all district education officials and district project coordinators to make arrangements and ensure smooth implementation. and successful completion of the program. The class will run until July 2, but will likely be extended due to uncertainty over whether schools will open.
Koraput District Education Officer Ramachandra Nahak said he was unaware of children going to school for online classes, but admitted network connectivity was an issue in several blocks like Narayanpatna, Bandhugaon, Lamtaput and Boipariguda. âThere is not much we can do to improve network connectivity,â he said.
YouTube courses for students began even as the state faces a great digital divide, with the public school and Mass Education Minister Sameer Dash admitting that of the 60 lakh students, the year last, about 22 lakhs children – 33 percent – could attend. online courses. There were photos of students climbing jackfruit trees in the Mohana block of Gajapati district to grab the mobile network.
According to the Odisha Economic Survey report, 2018-19, more than 20% of the 51,311 villages in Odisha did not have mobile phone connectivity. The State has only 28.22 internet subscribers for a population of 100 inhabitants, against 38.02 on the national average. The report states that the number of Internet subscribers was 16 per 100 people.
Retired teacher Sushil Dutta, who funds the education of several children in Mayurbhanj district, said live streaming on Youtube was a good idea, but it might not be feasible. âNot all Odisha is a city. There are thousands of schools (public, private or recognized private) in extremely remote villages, where children or parents cannot dream of having a telephone or a television. . Are they part of that dream idea, “he asked.
Classes on Youtube have also come under criticism from the Odisha High School Teachers Association, which alleged the idea was too expensive and would cause mental strain on students during the pandemic.
âStudents in Classes IX and X will be online for approximately six to eight hours per day, for which a big data pack is required for uninterrupted internet connectivity. Where could they (students and tutors) get money to top up the data pack during the pandemic time. It would be costly for students and tutors, âasked OSSTA Secretary General Prakash Chandra Mohanty.
Mohanty said TV lessons are cost effective and better than other modes of education during the pandemic.