According to a PTI report, a parliamentary panel on Monday evening had suggested the use of satellite television to senior officials of the Ministry of Education and the CBSE to fill the learning gap caused by COVID-19 and the shutdown of the resulting schools. It was also mentioned that the panel decided to convene officials from ISRO or the Indian Space Research Organization at its next scheduled meeting.
This comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to switch to an online medium of education, given the risks of calling students to schools at a time when social distancing is on the rise. essential. This has been successful, but only to a limited extent, as many children do not have proper internet access and / or a smartphone or tablet that can be used to attend classes.
Officials who were part of the meeting included senior officials from the National Council for Educational Research and Training or NCERT, the Central Council for Secondary Education or CBSE, and the Ministry of Education who were called before the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Education, which is chaired by Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
What did the meeting reveal?
The meeting’s agenda was supposed to discuss plans to close the learning gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel members, along with Sahasrabuddhe, said every effort should be made to bridge the learning gap of students and suggested the use of satellite TV with prominent examples such as Doordarshan DTH.
The reason for the suggestion was that a satellite TV such as Doordarshan DTH has more penetration than smartphones and does not require an internet connection, according to the sources.
Sahasrabuddhe also pointed out that subject-specific courses can be broadcast on different or separate Doordarshan channels, complete in regional languages so that they can be watched by many students in remote areas. Panel members mentioned that this model has been adopted by states like Gujarat and Odisha and that other states may follow suit as well.
In addition, it was decided, as mentioned earlier, that in addition to officials from the Ministry of Education, officials from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and several states will be convened at the next panel meeting. to discuss the use of satellite television in terms of bridging the learning gap for students.