Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to District collector, Wayanad about the challenging situation in the move towards digital classrooms and said that he will extend support towards the undeserved communities and has requested to share the details of these communities and their specific demands.
Access to the online classes that began for schools and colleges on Monday was well-nigh impossible for students of many tribal communities in Wayanad.
At stake is the future of around 31,000 children, including Plus Two students, in around 3,000 tribal hamlets in the district. Poor infrastructure in remote tribal hamlets is the prime reason for their plight.
Rahul Gandhi added to his letter that ” as resumption of classes in schools seem increasingly challenging and he have received reports about the challenges faced by tribal students in accessing digital classrooms and other initiatives rolled out under the first bell initiative.”
He further added to it that “Online classes pose significant challenges for students with limited access to smartphones, computers and reliable internet connections.
Wayanad’s tribal students, particularly those in remote hamlets, are likely to be left behind due to this digital divide.
This is particularly troubling given the high dropout rates among tribal students in the district. I would be glad to extend my support and assistance towards procurement of devices for students in underserved communities and request that you share with me details of these communities and their specific requirements.”