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Nagaland to provide pen drives with study materials to rural students

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Kohima, August 10: Faced with challenges of erratic network in reaching students of interior rural areas with online education, the Department of School Education, Nagaland has come out with the concept of free distribution of pen drives to Government schools loaded with different subjects from Class V to XII.
Following the lockdown, the education department in the State has already completed two phases of online education through television and radio broadcast and also social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook so that students are in regular touch with the academic curriculum, said Principal Director of School Education, Shanavas C.
On problems of mobile network faced by students in interior rural areas and also their parents unable to purchase smart phones, Shanavas said “that is the exact purpose why department has issued orders asking teachers to be in station to help the students, because in Dimapur and Kohima students can access the various online facilities but in interior districts due to poor connectivity students cannot access the online education being conducted by the department.”
pen drive notificationThe interior parts of Nagaland has connectivity issues in almost every village, he said, adding that in order to overcome this problem the department has decided to issue study materials to students from Classes V to XII in pen drives to all the Government schools free of cost.
It will contain the subjects being covered through the online teachings undertaken by the department for the last three months since May 1 through TV, Radio, YouTube and Facebook for Classes V to XII, he said.
The third phase of the online classes will resume from August 18, he informed.
Private schools in the State can also avail the facility by placing order through the department’s web portal – The rate of the pen drive ranges from Rs 350 to Rs 850 depending on the classes covered.
For lower classes, the department has directed teachers to give away notes and worksheets on a regular basis so that the students are in constant touch and do not miss the continuity in education, the Principal Director said.
The State Government notification on July 31 extending the general lockdown till August 31 said all schools and colleges including educational, training, coaching and vocational institutions will continue to remain prohibited. However, online or distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. (Page News Service)