No Net, college students in Punjab could miss exams


Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 31

Aman, a Class VII scholar of Government Middle School, Shahkot, has been unable to attend on-line lessons. His father can’t afford an Internet knowledge pack on his telephone.

Digital divide

  • Parents of many college students of presidency colleges can’t afford a knowledge pack

  • Teachers admit that digital divide is affecting the research of youngsters

  • They add that they’ll strive to make sure 100 per cent participation in on-line exams which started on Monday

Aman by some means manages to compensate for his classwork utilizing his neighbour’s telephone, however he’s in a repair as his exams started right now. He says in lieu of utilizing his neighbour’s telephone, he has to typically assist him in his fields.

Similarly, Sapna, a Class VIII scholar of Government School, Shergarh, Hoshiarpur, says she and her elder brother depend on their father’s telephone. They wait for his or her father, who sells plastic items, to return dwelling to finish their college work.

Her father says although he has a spare telephone, he has no cash to get a connection. Even schoolteachers admit that the digital divide is affecting the research of youngsters belonging to the underprivileged sections.

Maninder Thukral, a instructor at Government Junior Model School, Ladowali Road, says: “Most of our students belong to families which earn just enough to make both ends meet. Many can’t afford a smartphone or worse a connection with data pack. We have to contact many students either through their neighbours or other classmates living in their localities.”

Kulwinder Singh, a instructor at a Jalandhar village college, says: “As the first online exam of Punjabi was held today, only about 30 of 42 children in my class appeared. Given the constraints, we have allowed students 22 hours to take the exam. We are aiming at 100 per cent participation.”



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