The rise of online learning, Rahul Gandhi’s Wayanad Constituency has 100% access to digital devices: Union Ministry of Education

Bihar has counted 14 million children without access to digital devices.

Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have reported that about 70% of children do not have access to devices, while more than 3 million children in Jharkhand and Karnataka can access without any devices, according to data shared by the Union Ministry of Education with the Parliamentary Standing Committee this week on education, women and children, youth and sports.

According to figures released at the June 21 meeting, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh have reported more than 0.55 millions out-of-school children each, while Rajasthan has identified more than 1.8 lakh such children.

The data was shared as part of the ministry’s response to efforts to “bridging the learning gap due to school closures”.

Digital distribution and drop-out rate data are among the other continuing education sessions that have to be started in states and schools through online mode.

Although not all states have yet submitted their final figures on the Covid 19 documents through the Union Ministry of Education, the picture so far is worrying.

Assam, Jharkhand and Karnataka have identified 31 lakh, 32.5 lakh and 31.3 lakh students, respectively, without access to equipment. That number is a staggering 1.4 crore for Bihar.

Odisha has counted 15 lakh such students while in Haryana 10 lakh students have been identified without equipment.

Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir have said that 70% of students do not have access to equipments while Maharashtra and Gujarat have cited figures of 69% and 40% respectively.

In Chhattisgarh, 28.2% students reported without access to digital devices.

While the number of such students is 2.1 lakh in Uttarakhand, it is 1.8 lakh in Telangana and 96,074 in Andhra Pradesh.

In terms of aspiring districts, Wayanad (Rahul Gandhi’s constituency) in Kerala has the highest percentage of access to digital devices at 100%, followed by Kadapa (99%) in Andhra Pradesh.

Rayagada district (47%) in Odisha has the lowest percentage of students who have access to any form of digital education.

Data for Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Delhi, Goa and most of the northeastern states have not been received yet.

The number of out-of-school children – which has increased amid periodic forced closures in physical schools – is another story.

UP has identified 5.5 lakh children who are out of school while Jharkhand has 6.2 lakh.

Assam and Bihar have so far counted 86,094 and 68,256 children respectively. 

Odisha had an highest overall dropout rate of 22.5. Ladakh was at 18.3 while Nagaland was at 16.5.

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