As per a survey, at least 55.5% of the 14,89,115 schools all over the country did not have access to computers, while 66% of schools were functioning without internet facilities in the 2021–22 academic year.
New Delhi: In the digital age, a huge number of Indian schools are deprived of computer and internet facilities. As per a survey, at least 55.5% of the 14,89,115 schools all over the country did not have access to computers, while 66% of schools were functioning without internet facilities in the 2021–22 academic year. This was revealed when the education system tried to work in an online mode due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Union Education Ministry report said.
The Unified District Information System for Education (UIDSE) released a report on Thursday, which is based on the data received from government and private schools. It made it clear that only 6, 82,566 schools had computers in the academic year 2021–2022, while 5, 04,989 of them had internet connectivity.
The report revealed the lack of digitalization despite the claim of digital facilitations in every sector. However, only 2.2% of schools had digital libraries, and only 14.9% of them had the facilities of “smart classrooms,” which were used by teachers to teach in digital mode.
The world has been progressing at a rapid pace. We are not able to make our schools fully computerised or provide access to an internet connection. It is needless to add that our children will remain far behind in this digital world.
Private schools, which are charging hefty fees, are providing such facilities in abundance. Meanwhile, the poor students have to go to government schools to get an education where most teachers are careless; their primary aim is to take home a handsome salary. They never give proper attention to the students’ progress. Therefore, why are students in government schools left behind? Despite talent, they don’t have access to modern gadgets, which are essential in modern education and everyday life.