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Kerala Winning It With Online Education, Providing Best Technology Access Compared To Other States: UNICEF Report

Kerala has managed to keep up with the challenges in online education as it turns out to be the state with the most access to technology. Since the onset of the pandemic, India’s digital divide has restricted a lot of students from regularly pursuing their education. But in Kerala, 70 per cent of parents of young students and teens believe overall educational progress is the same or better than it would be in school, according to a survey conducted by UNICEF in their study titled “India Case Study: Situation Analysis on Impacts and Responses to COVID-19”. on the education sector in Asia.

Kerala has been among the most active in supporting students. It is the only state where everyone who has been a part of distance learning believes that the government has provided distance learning resources. Furthermore, a UNICEF report stated that 90 percent of them talk with their teachers to coordinate online education.

Kerala leads in terms of literacy rate. Even during the pandemic, they have been able to tackle the challenges in online education in the best possible way.

Involving factors

According to the Annual State of Education (ASER) (Rural) Report 2021, 97.5 per cent of registered students have a smartphone at home while the overall rate for India is 67.6 per cent. The availability of a smartphone increases the chance of being a part of online education. Smartphone access can be a key factor in determining its impact on a child’s education.

ASER 2021 provided data for children’s access to smartphones by rating them as “yes, at all times”, “yes, sometimes” and “not accessible”. Along these lines, 76.2 percent of enrolled students had access to smartphones at home at all times in Kerala, which was well above the all-India average of just 27 percent.

Since the pandemic has stopped learning, access to course materials and textbooks has become another issue after the digital divide. Since the students were physically isolated from the schools, their subjects were called into question. However, 97.1 percent of enrolled students had their own textbooks, according to the ASER 2021 report. The All India average was 91.9 percent.

Online education initiatives

Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has organized the online G-Suite platform in 426 schools. The goal was to develop a Learning Management System (LMS) that could assist with classroom configuration and monitoring. It was made for students for easy access and no security breach, India TV reported.

Earlier, KITE developed the First Bell Initiative, which had the Victers Education Channel. The channel was started with the aim of providing online education to almost all students. The channel averages about 54 lakh daily viewers on YouTube alone, according to The Hindu.

K spoke. Anvar Sadath, CEO of KITE for The Times of India, about the classes being broadcast on the channel, saying: “Classes are pre-recorded and after classes are over, it is the respective teacher’s responsibility to get back to students via mobile phones to clarify any doubts they have.” . Moreover, various arrangements were made for students who missed classes as they were asked to gather in common places to attend classes.

The Kerala Local Self-Government Department is also trying to provide free laptops or smartphones to people who cannot afford them.

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