Cable television

2.6 lakh students in Kerala have no access to cable TV or internet

A survey has been carried out in the context of the government’s decision to organize online courses from June 1.

Nearly 2.6 lakh students in Kerala do not have access to a television with cable connection, a computer or a mobile phone with an internet connection, according to a survey by the Department of General Education.

Samagra Siksha Kerala collected data from over 43.76 lakh students from pre-primary to Plus Two in government schools and found that over 2.6 lakh students had no facilities for lessons in line.

The survey was conducted amid the Kerala government mulling a proposal to start online courses for students from June 1.

The number of students without these facilities was highest in Wayanad district at 21,653. This represents 15% of the total number of students in the district.

Alappuzha has the lowest number of students with facilities, 6,683. This represents 2.94% of the total number of students, according to a report on the Hindu.

The survey is a preliminary study on the basis of which the government is likely to decide on a mechanism to bring these students into the online courses. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said earlier that provision would be made for those students who do not have such facilities.

The Hindu article quotes AP Kuttykrishnan, director of the Samagra Siksha Kerala project, as saying that between 2.6 and 3 lakh students in the state do not have a television or internet connection.

It would now also be tempted to study the distribution of these students at the neighborhood level to verify the possibility of providing television access to these students in a common space, such as libraries or even schools, while respecting physical distance. .

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Chief Minister of Kerala confirmed that Pinarayi Vijayan had confirmed that all SSLC, Senior Secondary and Vocational Senior Secondary examinations for students in the state would be held on the scheduled dates between 26 and May 30.