Poor infra shatters the digital classroom dream
MUMBAI: Digital India, meet real India.
Even as governments at the Centre and state push for an India savvy with modern technology, Indian schools, particularly those teaching in regional languages, use barely any tech tools in classrooms.
A nation- wide survey by education think-tank Central Square Foundation ( CSF) found lack of funds, poor bandwidth, unreliable power supply and limited access to hardware among the reasons most schools use little to no technology to impart education.
While 70% of school teachers say they use digital tools in the classrooms, they actually use just basic methods such as audio visual presentations. Just 37% teachers use technology to conduct exams and correct answer papers.
This is not because teachers aren’t tech savvy — 94% used computers and 86% mobile phones, but of them, only 83% and 68% used the devices for teaching.
More than 1,100 teachers from free schools and those charging fees above Rs40,000 a year in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh were interviewed.
“Despite having access, teachers are not leveraging these digital devices,” said Rashmi Menon, the research manager with the foundation, who co-authored the study.
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