In view of the COVID-19 surge, Tamil Nadu's Higher Education Minister K Ponmudy on January 21, said, from February 1 to February 20, all the exams in colleges will be conducted online. The decision over the opening of colleges will be taken after February 20. "The exams for the final semester (after June) will be held physically," said Ponmudy. Meanwhile, vaccination drive for school students aged between 15-18 is underway.
Uttar Pradesh's CM Yogi Adityanath on October 23 announced that his government has decided to distribute ''tablets and laptops'' among the youth by the end of November. Reportedly, the initiative will help the students to complete their online courses at ease. He announced the development while laying the foundation stone of a government medical college in Sultanpur. He also attacked the opposition for 'playing with the people's faith'.
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According to a study carried out by a private Chennai hospital, there has been an increase of 25% in cases of myopia among children in the last two years. Also, those kids who spend more time online have five times more risk of developing myopia. Reportedly, there has been a surge in myopia among children owing to the online classes during the pandemic.
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Underprivileged students had no access to education during the pandemic owing to the closure of schools. However, Hope, a community school in Delhi came as a rescue as they provided the opportunity of the online classroom and mid-day meals. The initiative has been taken by Tejas Asia NGO, where “Hope buses” are provided across Delhi, inside which children study for two hours on subjects like maths and language skills.
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The government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to reopen schools for teachers of classes 1-8 to conduct online sessions from schools. However, schools will remain closed for students owing to the pandemic. Government school teachers have been asked to conduct online classes and departmental work from schools only when necessary and as per teachers' choice. UPBEB… read-more
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Tulsi Kumari, an 11-year-old, mango vendor from Jharkhand's Jamshedpur sold 12 mangoes and purchased a smartphone for her online classes. However, a Mumbai-based businessman, Ameya Hete came forward to make Tulsi's dream come true and bought each mango at Rs 10,000 costing 1.2 Lakh. Besides, the girl's mother expressed gratitude and acknowledged his help saying, “… read-more
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Haryana state education minister Kanwar Pal Gujjar on May 28 announced to distribute free of cost tablets to around 8,06,000 students studying in classes 8 to 12. The project is an initiative to aid online studies for students in government schools in the state and will cost Rs 500 crore on state exchequer. Interestingly, the students will receive the tablets irrespective of their category or family background.
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Karnataka Public Instruction department has decided to not conduct written exams for students from class 1-9. While students from class 1-5 will be promoted directly to the next class, oral examinations will be conducted for the students from grades 6-9 along with an assignment-based approach. The decision was made after analysing the effect of learning and accessibility of online classes to several students citing the pandemic.
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Tamil Nadu government on January 10 announced to offer free 2GB data/day to around 10 lakh school and college students, including those enrolled in a scholarship-funded private college. To be offered for four months, the initiative was put in place to enable students to attend online classes. While the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) will be implementing the policy, the government is also issuing free laptops to the students.… read-more
The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2020 has revealed that over 60% of enrolled student’s family have at least one smartphone to take online classes during the pandemic. Also, children in lower classes have received more family support than higher ones. While one-third of children received learning materials from teachers, most of them had personal contacts with teacher. Reportedly, private schools outperformed government ones and… read-more
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