Radio Classes in Jammu and Kashmir helps students to complete a study program. In the absence of high-speed mobile Internet services and few households with access to smartphones, the Jammu and Kashmir education department initiative to start “radio classes” is helping students in the Doda district complete their curriculum despite the blockage of the coronavirus.
Covering almost the entire Doda district, All India Radio – AIR Bhadarwah local station broadcasts an hour and a half of educational content daily from May 29 on a 101 MHz frequency. Students and their parents, especially those who living in rural areas with very low incomes who could not afford private tuition, they were very concerned after all schools closed for an extended period due to the national closure in March
The schools in the hilly Doda district usually remain closed from December to March for winter vacations due to harsh climatic conditions, while March to September is the productive period for completion of syllabus before the term-end examination up to 12th standard in October-November. For the welfare of students, the authorities had started online classes from March 27 and accordingly all the schools of the district were linked with it. However, data collected by the education department showed that only 55 per cent students in the district had access to internet and smartphones.
As per the path of the principal secretary of faculty schooling, Asgar Samoon, and director schooling, Jammu, Anuradha Gupta, we began on-line lessons within the district by linking 598 faculties however after amassing the information, it got here to gentle that out of 63,406 college students, solely 37,837 had entry to Web and smartphones,” Nodal officer, radio lessons district Doda, Anis Ahmed advised PTI.
He mentioned to bridge the hole and attain out to the remaining 25,569 college students, majority of whom belong to BPL households and residing in far off hills of the district, a request was made to Prasar Bharti to offer a time slot on AIR Bhadarwah and accordingly, each day digital radio lessons had been began from Might 29 for college kids of ninth to 12th normal. In-charge of monitoring cell and coordinator of radio lessons, Rana Arif Hamid mentioned, “We had been totally conscious of the attain of the radio in these hills however the overwhelming response we’re getting was by no means anticipated.”
“As of now, along with the scholars who don’t have entry to web or a smartphone, over 45,000 college students are benefited by the radio lessons,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, students from different parts of the district are enjoying the new experience learning and said that they are religiously attending the radio classes every morning. “My father is a daily-wage labourer and lockdown has left him jobless. We can’t afford a smartphone and were worried about our studies after online classes started. However, the radio classes are a blessing in disguise and all my siblings and cousins attend them daily,” Rizwana Bano, an 11th class student of village Sartingal, said.
Expressing similar views, twelfth-class student Rameez Ahmad from Kursari village said that radio classes are very helpful in the absence of regular schools. “I hope this agreement will continue until the reopening of the schools,” he said.
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