The Covid-19 situation had exposed all the sectors to new difficulties on a day to day basis and the education sector is the one facing maximum challenges. But the Indian education departments seem to have accepted the present situation as an opportunity to dive into new ways so that the schools can benefit its students.
Online learning has already begun to create its impact on the students. But with every advantage, there also comes some drawbacks. Less privileged students, have no availability of android gadgets, or could not afford internet facilities seems to less comfortable with online methods of learning. Thus to overcome these issues, the Department of School Education has introduced the Vidya Varadhi scheme in Andhra Pradesh that will facilitate students in far off remote places, who have no access to online gadgets or the internet.
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The Vidhya Varadhi will generally feature mobile classrooms which will be well equipped with audio-visual advancements and will reach the doorstep and impart lessons to students who have no computers and internet. These classrooms will mainly focus on bridging courses. Learning through these classrooms will be much similar to that of conventional classroom learning.
To identify the importance of these learning vehicles, the Department of School Education has ordered the school teachers to categorize students into certain groups— high tech (who have access to computers), low tech (who have access to only tv and radio) and the mainly focused on, the no-tech (who have access to none, tv/radio/computers). Out of a total of 38 lakh students in Andhra, 1.2 lakh are no tech ones and thus, Vidya Varadhi mainly throws light on these students.
For the no-tech students, teachers are advised to stay in regular touch with them as well as their parents. After they receive this doorstep education, the teachers need to interact with at least 40 students per week and make their parents fill up a Google form and check on the progress of the students. Although this a whole new mode of learning, but the results so far have been quite satisfactory as studied by education officials.
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