Education minister V Sivankutty told reporters on Thursday that the department was keen to introduce interactive classes, in addition to the telecast of digitally-recorded classes through the KITE Victers channel.
Director of general education, K Jeevan Babu said the department has not finalized any particular platform to be used for the conduct of online interactive classes that will be offered in a phased manner.
You have successfully cast your vote
According to sources, the government is averse to using any commonly available meeting platforms in the way they are available currently. Email ID is a basic requisite for the host and participants to join a meeting and a majority of CBSE and ICSE schools use this mode of facility for organizing interactive classes.
Though the government had introduced recorded classes as a supplementary learning solution last academic year, lakhs of children in government and aided schools had to eventually depend on the same throughout the year.
“Interactive classes are a must. But, we cannot compromise on data privacy of students and teachers. What we are trying to bring is a customized platform that would be integrated into the education department portal. Teachers would be able to host meetings using a unique ID being allotted to their respective school and respective students would be able to use their roll number for a password to access the class,” sources said.
Babu said that online interactive classes would be introduced in a phased manner and connectivity of students was one of the major concerns.
According to a proposal submitted by KITE to the general education secretary Mohammed Hanish, facilities for online monitoring of students’ learning progress and interactive tools for the learning assessment should also be made part of the proposed online interactive classes.
Meanwhile, Balasangham, CPM’s children’s organization submitted its study report on the learning experience of students during the previous academic year. The report urged the government to introduce more online and interactive classes by ensuring internet access to all students.