The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in schools being shut all across India

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As a result, education has changed dramatically

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E-learning is taking place in which teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms

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But, what are the challenges that come with it?

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Recently, a class 9 schoolgirl in Kerala committed suicide over not having access to a smartphone to attend classes, PTI reported

There are also stories of students in remote areas having to sit on rooftops to catch the internet

Virtual classes are dependent on the internet and the lack of it or frequent disconnections or poor signals is a problem that many students are facing

In Jammu & Kashmir, students are reeling under a double whammy of slower internet speeds

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The digital divide in the country may turn it into an “operational nightmare”, experts have warned.

According to the 2017-’18 National Sample Survey report on education, only 24% of Indian households have an internet facility

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While 66% of India’s population lives in villages, only a little over 15% of rural households have access to internet services

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All this reflect the larger challenge of a "digital divide" across the country which could have a devastating impact on the students...

...as well as enrolment numbers as those without digital access are at the risk of dropping out altogether.