School enrolment up by 10%, claim officials - ECAS Punjab

School enrolment up by 10%, claim officials

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Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 18

The starting of online classes for government school students in view of the Covid-19 lockdown, less fee and distribution of books has resulted in 10 per cent rise in the enrolment of government schools from last year, the Education Department has said.

Krishan Kumar, Secretary (Education), said: "Necessity is the mother of invention. The Covid-19 lockdown forced us to think out of the box on how to resume classes. Some private schools started online classes, so we decided to follow suit."

Under the Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab project, the MIS wing of the department we started preparing online content for children of all classes. The next big challenge was to easy accessibility of the content to a wider section of children, considering that many do not have tablets or computers. So the content was uploaded on the department's YouTube channel and links were shared with students.

There are 12,838 government primary schools in the state, with 1,55,138 students enrolled in Class III, 1,82,379 students in Class IV and 1,85,889 students in Class V.

Neel Kamal, assistant district coordinator of Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab, claimed most students were enjoying the new way of learning. "In areas where Net connectivity is poor, children use YouTube links to listen to pre-recorded lessons. The e-learning method is a success among students of senior classes, but we are amazed at its success among primary class students," he added.

from The Tribune

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