At least 45 lakh students in Kerala began attending virtual classes organised by the state education department at the beginning of the new academic year on Monday in a bid to ensure that they do not miss out on lessons due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown, PTI reported.
The online sessions named ‘First Bell’ are telecast through VICTERS Channel, under the State General Education Department, for classes 1 to 12 from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM on weekdays. The channel is available for free on cable networks, over the internet and direct-to-home.
The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has set a timetable for conducting the classes.
The sessions are to be held from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday for all classes from 1 to 12, except class 11, on the channel. The time slots for different classes vary from half-an-hour to two hours, a press release issued by KITE said.
However, Manorama quoted a study by General Education Department which found that more than 2.6 lakh students had no facilities for online classes. The data was collected from over 43.76 lakh students in the state’s government schools.
On Tuesday, a Class 10 student died by suicide, allegedly because she did not have the resources to attend the online classes, NDTV reported. C. Raveendranath, Kerala’s education minister, has asked officials for a report on the incident.
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