Tripura has become the first state to conduct neighborhood classes in an open environment, during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
These open-air classes have been arranged especially for the students of government and government-aided schools who do not have proper access to online classes and lack such facilities.
Many students were not able to take their regular online classes during the lockdown and suffered academically. This initiative will help students who could not take the benefit of digital initiatives being run by the School Education Department, said the Minister.
The survey conducted by his department in all the eight districts showed that 29% of students do not have mobile phones and around 44% do not have access to television, Nath said. Therefore, the government decided to start neighborhood classes for students.
A total of 1.25 lakh students from class 3-8 of government and government-aided schools across the state turned up for the neighborhood classes that commenced on Thursday, said the state Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath.
The neighborhood classes are conducted maintaining social distancing and keeping the safety of students and staff in mind, with a maximum of five students per class. The students also need to wear masks throughout and carry a hand sanitizer with them regularly.
Besides maintaining appropriate distance, students are also educated about Covid-19 with a ten minutes introductory lecture followed by suggestions on precautionary measures.
We have also asked the teachers not to pressurize any student to attend neighborhood classes if their parents are not willing to send, the minister added.
These neighborhood classes are mostly conducted in remote areas.