28 October, 2020

Access To Server Denied

It’s not a digital gap, but a chasm. Who will fall into it? Students who bear the multiple burdens of poverty, caste and gender.

Photograph by J.S. Adhikari
Access To Server Denied
outlookindia.com
2020-09-18T12:54:40+05:30

How ready is India for widespread replacement of classroom teaching with online teaching? Is it a viable option for the vast majority of our children from families that are not socio-economically well-placed? The lack of representation of marginalised communities in policy-making means a solution designed for the centre is oblivious to its effects on the margins—and in India, the margins make up most of the space. Missing Connect (September 3) described the universal problems of connectivity: even if we assume those are remedied by handing out dongles and data packs, there are class, caste and gender barriers that ­interfere with equitable distribution of education at every level in public ­education. Consider just one fact. Most online resources are in English—developing quality resources in Indian ­languages will take serious investment. Even if teachers lectured in the ‘mother tongue’, we are operating across a massive...

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