KITE achieves new milestone in school education

Thiruvananthapuram: State-run KITE claimed that Kerala has achieved another milestone in education by ensuring the digital version of classes for over 43 lakh students of pre-primary to Standard 12 classes during the COVID-19 pandemic period.

The Digital Classes, titled 'First Bell', commenced from June 1 2020 as an interim arrangement for regular classes and are telecast through the Government-owned KITE Victers educational channel, under KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education).

"Now, in another milestone, the telecast of all digital classes for the 10thStandard was completed by January 17 and that of 12th standard will be over by Saturday," an official release here said.

As on date, KITE has developed and broadcast 6,200class videos as part of the First Bell programme, which amounts to over 3,100 hours of educational content.

The focus area for each subject was published by the GeneralEducation Department, on the basis of which revision classes will be arranged from January 31 onwards, it said.

"Initially we planned the First Bell programme for a period of two months only, but the COVID-19 situation demanded that it be extended throughout the academic year", said K Anvar Sadath, CEO, KITE.

It was a daunting task to develop the digital classes for all standards, especially for Plus Two, in view of various combinations of subjects, he said.

"But we were able to devise an all-inclusive digital class model to provide classes to all students without the fear of losing the academic year, up to the satisfaction of students and teachers," Anvar added.

Kerala has already announced public examinations for Class 10 and 12 students from March 17 onwards.

KITE has announced a revised schedule of First Bell classes from February 1 onwards.

An official release said the Covid-19 pandemic situation demanded innovation in educational methodology to ensure that school academics start from June 1 2020 through which classes can be accessed by over 43 lakh students.

It was in this context that the government had decided to start the First Bell Digital Classes.

The aim of the exercise, it said, was to ensure that all students who follow the state curriculum have access to the Digital Classes through Victers, irrespective of the geographical or socio-economic backgrounds.

KITE is a State Government enterprise set up to foster, promote and implement the modernisation of educational institutions in Kerala, while KITE Victers channel is its educational channel established since 2006.

Earlier KITE had deployed over 1.20 Lakh laptops and 70,000 Projectors along with other ICT equipments to State schools through the Hi-Tech school project, which were also made use of for those students who are deprived of a Cable Connection or Televisions at their homes.

Initially, around 2.60 lakh students did not have access to these classes due to lack of equipment, but multiple level interventions from NGOs and LSGs ensured that all of them can now do so without any issues, the release said.

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