Kerala has been a role model to the whole country in the areas of social reforms and education. With 93.91% literacy rate, Kerala is now moving up the ladder in providing quality education to school-going children.
The Education Department of the state has announced the holistic intervention of Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-assisted education to its state-run schools. The initiative will be implemented from the new session of July 2017 with 9279 schools to provide digital classes from standard 1.
Education Minister C Raveendranath said:
The scaling up of ICT-enabled education in upper primary classrooms is a major step in achieving the goal of the government with respect to its General Education Rejuvenation Mission.
Computer labs and smart classrooms will set up for lower primary and upper primary classes. The initiative would be implemented through ‘[email protected] Project’ which is a state government initiative to impart IT education in schools.
Kerala had already started IT education under ‘[email protected] Project’ for high school classes (standards 8 to 10) in early 2005. Now that lower primary and upper primary have also been included in the blanket, education will go digital from standard 1 to 12.
The new ICT textbook, ‘[email protected]’ is prepared using free and open source software which will be available in Malayalam, English, Tamil and Kannada languages.
Where there is a will there is a way, so those who don’t understand a particular language can choose from these four languages.