All public schools in Kerala have high tech classrooms now and the state has become the first in the country to have achieved this, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday. He made the announcement on a video conference, calling it a proud achievement for Kerala. All classrooms have been upgraded to international standards and with hi-tech IT labs, children in the state will have access to advanced learning systems, he said.
Over three lakh digital equipment, including laptops, projectors, webcams and printers, have been provided as part of the project. A total of 42,000 classrooms from classes 8 to 12 have been equipped with laptops, projectors and screens and networked with school studios.
"Kerala has become the first state to have high-tech classrooms in all public schools, giving a huge boost to the education sector,ā CM Pinarayi said.
The government took special interest in providing education and presented before the world, āa Left alternative, a Kerala model of education for our future generationsā, he said.
"It was the firm decisionof the Left government to make education accessible to all sections of society. Now, all the children in the state have access to the opportunity to learn and grow with the help of advanced learning systems. It's a proud achievement for the state," the Chief Minister said.
Kerala has become first state to achieve total digitalisation of school education. 42000 class rooms from 8th to 12th have laptops, projectors and screens. Class rooms networked with school studios. All LP and UP schools ensured at least one smart class room with computer lab.ā Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) October 11, 2020
According to the government, it took up the Public Education Rejuvenation Mission aimed at upgrading all classrooms to international standards and to set-up hi-tech IT labs. The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) was assigned the task with funding from the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).
It has been ensured that all lower primary and upper primary schools have at least one smart class room with a computer lab, an official release said.
All 16,030 public schools in the state are now equipped with 3,74,274 IT equipment, including 1,19,055 laptops, 69,944 multimedia projectors, 23,098 projector screens, 4,545 LED TVs, 4,578 DSLR cameras, 4,720 Full HD webcams and 4,611 multi-function printers along with high speed Broadband Internet connectivity to 12,678 schools, it said.
The CM said that the equipment has five year comprehensive onsite warranty and insurance and to address complaints, a web-portal and call centre was also functional.
He said that the issue of loss of an academic year due to COVID-19 was averted with the help of online classes and the schools in the state will open once the conditions become conducive.
However, online classes were not an alternative to classroom learning, he added. āWe were forced to do it due to the pandemic. When the situation returns to normal, schools would reopen," the Chief Minister said.
The state government had on October 4 said that in light of the severe spread of the virus in the state schools were not likely to open at this juncture.
He also informed that at least 1,83,440 teachers were given special training as part of implementing the digitisation mission.
The Public Education Rejuvenation Mission was to transform schools into centres of excellence. This had been made possible to a large extent with concerted efforts of peopleās representatives, local self-government institutions, parent-teacher associations, former students, and individuals, he added.
(With PTI input)
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