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Just 25% kids in Delhi schools had access to online education: Survey

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Just 25% kids in Delhi schools had access to online education: Survey
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Just 25% kids in Delhi schools had access to online education: Survey
Just 25% kids in Delhi schools had access to online education: Survey

NEW DELHI: Eighty-four per cent of the households in the capital have internet connectivity, but only 25% of children enrolled in schools had access to education when their schools closed down, according to a survey conducted during the first lockdown of 2020. Compared to Delhi, in other states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, which had a lower percentage of households with internet connectivity, close to 40% of such children could access education. The survey, “Access to Services During Covid-19 in Digital India” was done by LIRNEasia and Indian Council for Research on International Economics Relations (ICRIER).
LIRNEasia is an Asia Pacific ICT policy and regulation think tank while ICRIER is an autonomous economic policy think tank. The nationally representative sample consisted of 7,000 households, including 350 villages and wards.
Although a national survey, it had a special focus on Delhi, Assam, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. It was conducted between March and August 2020. Boys, those in Class IX and above, and kids in households with more educated parents had a distinct advantage. In Tamil Nadu, more children had access to remote education because since August 26, 2019, Kalvi TV, an educational channel, has been running in the state. Across the country, 62% households have internet connectivity as against 84% in Delhi. In the age-group of 15+ who had used the internet, Delhi ranks higher than others. Overall, 47% of this group had access to the internet with 72% in Delhi, 53% in Tamil Nadu, 55% in Maharashtra and 37% in Assam.The overall 20% of school-going children across the country who had access to education, 75% received information and assignments on smartphones and just 55% attended live online classes.
“The lesson from the survey is basically that to improve learning outcomes, digital technology has to be routinely used and made a part of the schooling system,” said Galpaya.

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