Delhi govt school teachers to get tablets in academic year 2018
New Delhi : After 2 years delay, the teachers in the capital city of India will get tablets. The officials in the Directorate of Education (DoE) said that the 15 pilot schools chosen for the project will get them “within the next few days”. They added that teachers in all Delhi government schools, close to 1000 teachers will get tablets in the current academic year.
As per the statement of Director of Education Sanjay Goel, a circular was recently sent to the heads of the 15 schools instructing teachers to purchase tablets for which they will be reimbursed, in order to kick-off a programme which has been in the pipeline for two years now. The 15 pilot schools include three from the North district and one each from the other 12 districts.
Accordingly, a circular had been sent to the deputy directors of education of all districts on July 19, asking them to send the name of a school for the pilot project as well as the details of all regular and guest/ contractual teachers.
“The time it has taken to reach this stage is because some approvals were pending and some issues relating to finance had to be sorted out. There was also some discussion and confusion on whether guest teachers should be given tablets as well, as they join and leave frequently. However, we have decided that all guest teachers will also procure the devices, and it will be the responsibility of the head of the school concerned to recover the cost if the teacher leaves the position,” said Goel.
Sources confirmed that the teachers have been trained to use the tablets along with an app developed for the purpose, which has modules for recording attendance and exam marks.
Goel further added that the app will be developed further based on inputs received and the manner in which teachers are able to utilise it. “One idea that is being discussed is that the app can be developed such that when a teacher marks a student absent, the guardian can automatically receive a message notifying him/her of that,” he said.