Non availability of gadgets, internet among students in J&K a major issue: MoE

Non availability of gadgets, internet among students in J&K a major issue: MoE 


Srinagar, Sep 09 (KNO): The Ministry of Education (MoE) has said that the non-availability of gadgets and internet among the higher class school students was a major issue in Jammu and Kashmir and there was a need to prepare grade wise study material for them.


According to the official documents of MoE for Government of India (GoI, “Availability of devices and internet is still a major issue, workbooks, worksheets, activity material and additional books for higher classes become all the more important for continuity of learning.”


The news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has leant that the MoE has said, “States and Union Territories (UTs) shall prepare grade wise material and ensure their delivery to the students.”


Besides, the documents while stating the COVID-19 response, the MoE has said that in order to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, schools will not only have to remodel and re-imagine the way teaching and learning have happened so far, but will also need to introduce a suitable method of delivering quality education through a healthy mix of schooling at home and schooling at school.


“With the prevailing COVID wave, that is more virulent and faster spreading, an urgent need was felt to plan for the challenges ahead and prepare to make progress for the sake of students, parents, community and all stakeholders involved in this pursuit,” it reads.


The GoI said that taking a holistic view, the department of education and literacy has prepared a comprehensive COVID Response document consolidating all the previous guidelines and intervention to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.


“This guideline was issued on May-04-2021 and it delineates detailed action plan and timelines for all stakeholders involved on access, retention and continuous learning capacity building and stakeholder engagement,” it reads—(KNO)