Odisha School Education Program Authority rework on e-learning plan – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: As students continue to move away from online classes on different platforms, the state government on Friday asked the Odisha School Education Program Authority (OSEPA) to come up with a new plan to strengthen digital learning programs and increase student-teacher interaction.

Secretary for School and Mass Education, Bishnupada Sethi, who chaired a review meeting with OSEPA officials and directors of primary, secondary and tertiary education in this regard, said that the courses continue in online mode after the closure of the schools from January 7, measures will be taken. taken to increase teacher engagement with students.

OSEPA State Project Director Anupam Saha said an action plan is being prepared by the three education directorates and will soon be submitted to the department for approval. Saha said the action plan will propose ways to strengthen ongoing programs and improve access to digital content for students in rural areas.

As student participation in YouTube classes has declined at the secondary and upper secondary level, schools will be given the responsibility to improve attendance. Separately, OSEPA will resume live YouTube lessons for students in Classes I-VIII from January last week. The tentative start date for YouTube classes has been set for January 27.

Saha said access to digital platforms remained around 40%. While students in urban areas have better accessibility, it remains a concern for those in villages. “Efforts are underway to reach out to rural students in every way possible to ensure their education is not hindered,” he said.

Accordingly, the ongoing group education at the village level will also be strengthened under the action plan. OSEPA has also asked the Department of Primary Education to ensure that the Radio Pathsala program launched for students in Classes I to VIII and broadcast from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day is made accessible to a maximum of students in urban and rural areas.

Norma A. Roth