No Power, Digital Education A Dream For Nagaon Students | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: Several schools in the capital’s neighborhood Nagaon have been without electricity since they were set up. While the central government has introduced the Diksha audio-visual app for schools, the students are not able to get access to it because of lack of power.
Nagaon district elementary education officer Lavja Jarambusa said the department is collecting data of all elementary schools, which do not have electricity. He said the education department has asked the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited to provide electricity to at least some of these schools before Gunotsav in May. “We will raise the issue at the district development committee meeting to be convened by the district administration this month,” he said.
Bapuji Bidyamandir lower primary school at Nanoi Bhelaigaon village, barely 11 km away from Nagaon town, is about 60 years old. The students here are second generation learners. They are facing the same challenges their parents did and which even forced them to drop out.
“We have been apprising government officials repeatedly. In a digital world, we hope the education department will be kind enough to students who cannot go to elite schools,” headmaster Atul Chandra Saikia told TOI.
Kawoimari LP School, which was established in 1945, has a single teacher, Bidyadhar Milik. Teaching students of six classes, from ‘Ka’ (pre-primary) to V, through online activities would offer better mobility, said Milik.
“I have to teach all classes in one group. Electricity connection may bridge the gap due to fewer teachers by offering digital education. Even the battery of my smartphone gets drained out while familiarizing students with the Diksha education app mandated by the education department,” said Milik.
At Chaibuk LP School, teacher Jayanta Kumar Nath (57) fears he will retire without seeing electricity connection in his school. “In the rainy season when visibility dims because of the cloud cover, classes are stopped,” he said.
The Assam State Primary Teachers’ Association general secretary, Ratul Chandra Goswami, said that after Gunotsav was held in 2017 to assess the scenario in the state’s government schools, it was found that there were about 23,000 schools without electricity. He said, “The government claims to have brought power connection to about 13,000 schools, but what about the rest?” he questioned.


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