Nitish Promotes Online Education in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar holding a meeting on Tuesday to assess education status amid Coronavirus pandemic.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Tuesday held a meeting of top officials via videoconferencing to discuss the state of education in Bihar in the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic that forced state's schools and colleges to remain shuttered for the past two months.

With 'social-distancing' being the buzzword for the past several months as a means to stop the spread of the disease through human and surface contacts, Kumar asked the officials to look into online education and come up with ways to make it robust for students of all ages.

The Chief Minister, speaking like an expert in the field of online education, asked the Education Additional Chief Secretary R K Mahajan to develop 'e-content' for students of Class I to Class V on the pattern of teaching tools developed for students of Class VI to Class XII. He also asked Mahajan to make good use of the stimulus package earlier announced by the Central Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to improve education in Bihar.

"We should develop e-content for students from Class I to Class V and take advantage of Doordarshan (the government TV channel) by expanding education time for young children," he said.

The Chief Minister also reviewed the so-called 'Mera Mobile, Mera Vidyalaya', a cell phone app developed by the Bihar government to impart education among students.

There are over six lakh students in Bihar who are continuing their education through this app, Mahajan said.

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