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Education dept introducing tablet learning in 24 govt primary schools

MAPUSA: Taking a cue from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Goa is introducing multi-grade, multi-level teaching programme wherein class one and class two students of government primary schools would be provided tablets, to be used on shared basis and under guidance of teachers, to make learning enjoyable and stress free.

Education department has taken up the programme ‘Kushal Bharat Shikshan’ under corporate social responsibility wherein prominent companies have come forward to fund the programme. Altogether 24 government primary schools across Goa have been selected for the pilot project along with one Taleigao school that has been adopted by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Concerned teachers have been imparted training and so also the ADEIs who will be implementing the programme in the selected schools. The teachers were also sent to Karwar where they visited three schools where the programme has been introduced.

The education department, through ‘Kushal Bharat Shikshan’, is making efforts to expose students to e-learning. Under the programme, students will be taught to use learning maps and will also learn math and English subjects by using worksheet and activity sheets. The teachers will have access to the students’ sheets that will help them in knowing performance of every pupil. The main purpose of the initiative is to aid teachers in their teaching and make students independent.

Two schools in each taluka have been selected for the programme. In Bardez, Madel-Thivim and Maina-Pilerne schools have been chosen. On Friday, the programme was launched at Madel-Thivim school in the presence of officer on special duty to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Rukma Sadekar, Manoj Sawaikar, deputy director, north education zone, J Pereira, ADEI, sarpanch, Sharmila Gadekar, and other panch members.

Addressing the gathering, Sadekar, OSD to chief minister, said that “the whole purpose of the programme is to make learning meaningful and stress free for the students of government primary schools in the state. This year, the programme will be introduced for class one and class two students of 24 schools and, subsequently, it will be implemented in remaining government schools and gradually at higher level.”

Sadekar added that “the new layout will not only make students independent but also improve their abilities under the guidance of teachers.”

Deputy director Manoj Sawaikar said that “under the programme, there will be drastic change in teaching in government primary schools which will make learning effective.”

Appreciating the move of education department, panch member Arjun Aroskar said that “we never imagined that our government school students would be using tablets for learning.”

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