To promote online education, West Bengal government to distribute free tabs
Kolkata : To promote online education and find an alternative amid coronavirus pandemic situation, the West Bengal government has announced to distribute free laptops to over 9.5 lakh students in the state.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement on Thursday.
“We (state government) will give tablets to 9.5 lakh students of all state-aided Higher Secondary schools and Madrasas. There are nearly 14,000 state-aided Higher Secondary schools and 636 government-funded Madrasas. Every student will get the tablets so that they can follow the online classes,” the chief minister said.
She also mentioned that a tender will be released soon to ensure that the students get their laptops on time and well ahead of the higher secondary examinations.
The move from the state government comes at a time when large number of students, particularly in the rural areas are not able to attend the online classes because of lack of smart device at home.
“Schools are closed because of Covid-19. The online classes are going on. There are students coming from families who do not have a computer or laptop or even a smartphone at home. These students will be able to access the online classes on regular basis, the chief minister said.