According to a survey done by the department of public instruction at the end of the previous academic year, over 31 lakh students in Karnataka from Classes 1 to 10 lacked the necessary gadget access for online learning.
Students With No Online Learning Gadget Will Be Given Special Attention
The department has now agreed to look into the findings. Parents of students who do not have access to the internet or electronic devices will be required to meet with teachers every two weeks to discuss their child's learning progress.
The teachers will specifically mentor such children.
Rural Students Face A Digital Divide
The majority of the 31 lakh children came from rural families and attending a government school. However, many critics believe that the government should do more to reduce the digital divide rather than blaming parents.
According to the survey, 37 lakh kids do not have access to the internet, and 8 lakh children do not have access to both television and radio.
Anbukumar, the Commissioner of Public Instruction, is quoted as saying, "The department had gathered and mapped out information on kids who have access to gadgets and the internet. Those who do not have access will need to rely on their parents and teachers for the academic year 2021-22."