Where technology is doing wonders in our lives making it easier with each new innovation, the contribution of the internet has become as important as any basic need in human lives. Part of it is because of addiction that we human are falling prey of. However, imagining life without internet seems to be a difficult task.
Villages in Palamau district are a victim of the same issue. The state government in Jharkhand has launched the electronic way to mark the teachers’ attendance. So, now the government school teachers need a good internet connection to mark their attendance through biometric attendance recorder. However, the poor internet connection in the village makes them make huge efforts to get an internet connection to mark their attendance.
The Raghubar Das government’s digital dream makes the teachers climb trees in the campus of an upgraded plus two schools in Sohree Khas village in Satbarwa block, 41km from Daltonganj.
Since September 25, when Palamau district administration gave the co-educational school with 800 students a tablet for biometric attendance, such tree-climbing gymnastics for four teachers and two para-teachers became an alarming reality after it was discovered the 2G network only “catches” on a particular branch.
If a teacher wants his biometric attendance recorded, he climbs the Palash tree with the tablet and waits on the branch for internet connectivity to appear. When it does, he presses his thumb for scanning. On rare times the thumb scan succeeds, in most cases the screen blinks “scan failed”. Then, it’s the next teacher’s turn.
“Internet connectivity is dismal at Sohree Khas. It doesn’t come inside our two-storied school building. On one branch of the Palash tree, it blinks and disappears. We keep waiting for the internet. This tree-climbing business wastes a lot of time. Many times we can’t catch the Internet. We keep the old attendance register as a back-up,” said science teacher Arpan Kumar Gupta.
He said the signal from the tower was bad and the 2G SIM made it worse. “We were overjoyed to get the tablet, but now it’s a liability. On days we do get the Internet, we’re happy.”