Focus on digital education

Education Department is ensuring that lockdown of 21 days to contain the spread of coronavirus, should in no way come in between the smooth studies of students in Jammu and Kashmir. Arrangements have been made to provide to them, all the relevant learning material required for their studies, as if they were present in class rooms physically. Digital technology has come in handy which shall be made full use of by using Google Classroom and TCS iON which is a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services meant for Educational Institutions and Examination Boards. Preparations are afoot and necessary arrangements , as reported, would be ready in a day or two. We welcome this move of the Education Department.
Besides the above, National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) of Ministry of Human Resources Development would be used for using on line science practical(s) within a period of two weeks. Students, therefore, can make the best use of the learning process while sitting home which would remove any fears of their parents and of themselves on account of the lockdown and closure of educational institutions. Helpline and other telephone lines could be used for any clarifications and help needed.
One more development, by way of a decision having taken place by the Department of School Education is worth noting, in respect of not collecting fees and other dues from the students by private schools where they are studying, till April 30 . In the same way, mid-day meal scheme too has been not allowed to suffer on any count and two months dry ration is being issued in advance to identified children numbering more than 9 lakh. What is further required is to rope in the services of teachers in their respective areas to be in connect with the students to provide necessary guidance and solution to their academic problems. Though a novel experience, yet digital education is becoming otherwise very popular.