Online Education: Challenges in Rural Areas

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The whole world is adapting to the reality of the Kovid-1p (epidemic) by finding alternatives to the obstacles that have arisen so far.

Corporations are allowing them to work from home in their workplaces, while schools and colleges are moving online classes.

In India, people rely heavily on a strong internet connection, computer, or smartphone to get back into the business in the new normal times.

This crisis will allow students to take advantage of e-learning opportunities, as there is no end in sight. As the country focuses on online education, the current epidemic is affecting more urban students than rural students.

However, e-learning is transforming this area even in remote rural areas. Tier-3 and Tier-4 cities are adding to the former by investing in the growth of the digital learning process.

While many are making the most of online learning offerings, local authorities are finding it difficult to integrate high-speed internet facilities.

In addition, people in rural areas have to deal with occasional power outages and old electronic devices, which often hinder uninterrupted access.

Unfortunately, students in rural India are not denied the level of availability of new equipment and online content that urban Indians enjoy every day.

A small percentage of students in rural areas have desktop or laptop computers, as in urban areas. They rely on their family members ’mobile phones to learn and get to class, which makes it an exercise.

Watching small screens for multiple hours of maximum information usage can be detrimental to students ’health.

In addition, purchasing a data plan for education can be costly for families who are facing financial difficulties. This can directly affect the level of teacher and student participation in the classroom.

Digital literacy and digital segmentation have been a serious concern for our country for over a decade.

Many teachers and students in rural areas do not match the academic and technical skills of students in urban areas.

They face hurdles in moving towards online education, which can be a source of dissatisfaction in rural communities.

The combined efforts of civil society organizations, policymakers, and the government need to create a user-friendly digital interface so that teachers and students can enjoy this seamless learning.

On the bright side, all stakeholders have made significant investments in improving access to digital services and e-learning; The process of digital inclusion will be facilitated by building on existing infrastructure.

Teachers can be easily infected if they get the necessary support. Local and national governments should work together with the IT and Adtech sectors to accelerate the process of bringing new and costly online learning tools to rural India.

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