Poor in­fra shat­ters the dig­i­tal class­room dream

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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