Online education double trouble for hinterlands

Unfortunately for her, the content is mostly in English.

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Due to the nationwide lockdown has made educational institutes shift to digital platforms, most institutes and students are struggling due to lack of infrastructure. For students whose mode of instruction is not English, an additional hurdle is to assess quality content in their regional languages digitally. Srilekha, an 18-year-old, from Karnataka’s Davanagere, was enrolled in vocational courses to learn English and computer skills. But before she could familiarise herself well with either, the lockdown forced her mode of learning to move online. Unfortunately for her, the content is mostly in English.

Srilekha is still among the fortunate ones since of the 150 students at her institute only 50 have access to both smartphones and the internet. This is the first time that she learning digitally. When her teacher explained how the classes will work from now on she was excited about the shift. They have been asked to download an app that throws questions like in a quizzing game and it is fun. But it fails to clear most of her doubts. She call her coordinator often to get them resolved. There is not much material available online which is easily understandable and therefore she cannot wait for my classes to re-open.

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