Due to poor internet connection, unavailability of gadgets and network issues, several school students across the state of Karnataka have failed to attend online classes. The Karnataka government has planned to use the space and infrastructure available in 5,766 Gram Panchayat libraries across the state to impart online education.
Earlier on the same day, Suresh Kumar met Chief Secretary P Ravikumar on the issue, reported The Indian Express. According to Education Minister’s office, Ravikumar informed the Education Minister that the Additional Chief Secretary of Information and Technology Department had received a positive response from mobile network providers. They will look to strengthen mobile network coverage across the state, especially in rural areas. Deputy CM and Higher Education Minister C N Ashwathnarayan had instructed the mobile networks providers regarding the same.
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Survey On Internet And Gadget Access :
According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Public Instruction, 33 per cent of the 93.01 lakh students in Karnataka had no access to mobile phones, computers, tablets, and other gadgets needed for online learning.
Further, 40 students surveyed from 34 educational districts stated they do not have an internet connection. Chamarajanagar reported the lowest number of students with internet access (38.92%). Other areas in Belagavi, Ballari, Bidar, Chitradurga, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Davanagere, Haveri, Vijayapura, Raichur, and Yadgir reported low numbers. Students from Bengaluru South (74.64%), Udupi (71.87%), and Bengaluru North (71.53%) reported good access to the internet.