this: Online learning: rural PU students struggle with competitive exams

MANGALURU: Leaders at pre-university colleges here fear that online courses will shatter the dreams of rural students of passing CET, NEET, JEE and other exams and tests. Students were unable to concentrate due to the lack of offline coaching, they say.

This was evident at the recently announced CET, where only a few rural students managed to carve out a niche for themselves. Previously, when classes and coaching took place offline, rural students did better and could even get ranks.


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Akash, (name changed), a science student from Belthangady, dreamed of joining a professional course after performing well at CET. “Now my dream has been shattered because I didn’t get enough grades to enter engineering school,” he said. “Our students were able to achieve ranks below 10,000 in the days leading up to the pandemic. However, this year they achieved ranks above 40,000. The main reasons are the shift from offline learning to online learning, and students in rural areas have been affected due to connectivity issues. . Students in rural areas are the most affected compared to their counterparts in urban areas, ”said Dayamani, principal of Shree Sharada Women’s PU College in Sullia. She added that Sullia taluk is the most affected taluk when it comes to internet connectivity and blackouts.

“Some villages have less than 10 hours of electricity per day. There is no network in the event of a power failure. We used to do four hours of online coaching for CET. Students could only take two hours of class because there were data and connectivity issues, ”she said.

As few rural students wrote the CET or did poorly, they opted for other courses, including the ITI and the diploma. Yusuf, director of Government PU College, B Mooda, Bantwal taluk, says it is not only online courses that are the problem, but students are also facing financial problems. “Many rural students did not register for the competitions because their homes were reeling from the financial crisis. They couldn’t have paid for a seat, even if they got a good rank, ”he said.

“Every year we collect data from students who show up for the CET, but this year it is not available because applicants have not kept us informed of their enrollment,” said the manager of a college assisted. .

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