E-learning is taking place in which teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms
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
According to the 2017-’18 National Sample Survey report on education, only 24% of Indian households have an internet facility
While 66% of India’s population lives in villages, only a little over 15% of rural households have access to internet services
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.