By - 1st April 2022
1st April 2022
Digital learning has become an integral part of the education system ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the accessibility to quality education through digital means has been hampered for students in rural Bharat because of the great divide between haves and have-nots. The sudden reliance on online learning has affected children in rural areas adversely. Even before the pandemic, education in such regions was marred by the dearth of an adequate number of schools, lack of pocket-friendly educational institutions, and inadequate infrastructure at government schools.
Challenges in accessing education in rural areas have only increased with digital education. Factors such as lack of access to a good internet connection, inability to purchase digital devices like smartphones and laptops, and unaffordable cost of internet data have deprived children in rural areas of education post-pandemic. In terms of structural challenges, the teachers in rural areas are not well-versed in operating digital devices. The content available online is mostly in English, which is impractical in a country where language changes every few kilometres. Additionally, there is gender inequality as the penetration of online learning amongst the female population in the rural parts of India is even less.Read More