In a memorandum framed by the Beedhi Vyaparigala Okkuta (Street Vendors Federation) of Bengaluru and addressed to the committee of online education for Karnataka, about 1.5 lakh vendors have protested against the switch to online education by schools. The committee was formed by educationalist M K Sridhar for recommendations and suggestions of online education modules for classes VI to X.
The street vendors, whose wares range from clothes to vegetables, had cited financial woes for being unable to support e-classes for their wards. Many are also unable to clear pending school fees or afford electronic devices indispensable to online learning. The lack of resources and stable internet connection has become a dominant barrier in e-learning for students belonging to these households.
The memorandum demands immediate termination of online classes and implementation of TV channels to broadcast educational content and conduct classes as is being done in Kerala. Since most of the vendors have television at their disposal, education via TV is feasible for them.
The memorandum further pledges the state government to bear all educational expenses in schools for the ongoing academic year arguing that every child has the right to education. The federation has asked for a due formulation of new policies taking into consideration the points.