Scarcity of internet facilities and smartphones or laptops has showed the high efficacy of using TV for education. Punjab and Maharashtra have set the model for other states to follow suit by launching Vidya TV for imparting education on loop.
In a country where zoom meetings, webinars and high quality learning videos fail to reach the remotest corners of downtrodden sections, TV has shown immense possibility to buckle up the crises. Even with the learning apps ePathshala and Diksha, students from rural and peri-urban regions hardly have any access to such learning breakthroughs.
The plight is more accentuated in Kashmir where primary students, high school students and researchers bear the brunt of low speed internet, mostly 2G. The restricted access to internet has turned interactive lessons into a monologue where teachers have no way of gauging students’ attention level. More than often, smartphones remain inaccessible to the younger members of the family, rendering education a luxury during COVID-19.
The boom in technology-drawn education, demands increase in initiatives such as Swayam Prabha DTH and Doordarshan to telecast learning content, unhindered. Classes targeted are 9 to 12 which also needs to be revised since primary students are in greater need of educational resources.
In the light of unprecedented disruptions in education, BBC has launched educational programs in close adherence to British school curriculum. The shows are categorically divided for different age groups. After a brief watch, students will be directed to BBC website for related educational content such as quizzes, podcasts, video and worksheets to complete the learning process.
“Our commitment is to be there for as long as schools are closed,” added Alice Webb, Director, BBC Children.
Emergence of more such initiatives will make sure students are not off the grid during the pandemic.