27% Students Do Not Have Smartphones or Laptops to Attend Online Classes: NCERT Survey


INTRO: A recent survey conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revealed that a minimum of 27 percent of scholars doesn’t have access to hardware resources like smartphones or laptops to attend online classes. Almost 28 percent of scholars and fogeys say that power outage and power failure are significant hurdles that limit learning amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The NCERT survey reportedly involved over 34,000 participants comprising of all scholars, parents, teachers, and faculty principals from educational institutions across the country including Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalas, and CBSE-affiliated schools.

Students also found Mathematics to be the foremost difficult subject to find out through online classes. The report points out that the topic has concepts that need ‘interaction, continuous support, and monitoring’. Science came next due to its practical nature. A few students found science to be difficult too. Also, 17 percent of scholars said languages were difficult to be learned online.

The survey further revealed that smartphones were the highest medium through which students attended online classes. The second favorite option among students were laptops. Meanwhile, about 36 percent of scholars relied on textbooks and other books for learning purposes.

Taking these findings into consideration, the Ministry of Education has formulated Students’ Learning Enhancement guidelines to assist students to learn better. As per PTI’s report, there are separate guidelines for 3 sorts of situations. The situations include students with no, limited, and sufficient resources.

“The guidelines will help children, who don’t have digital resources to urge learning opportunities at their homes, with their teachers or volunteers. Apart from this, it’ll also help in our efforts to beat the training deficiencies of all those students who are learning reception through various other ways using radio, television, or smartphone,” said Union Minister of Education, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

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