Kerala is all set to achieve a massive milestone in terms of education sector. Kerala will become the first state in India to achieve 100 percent literacy and primary education is all set to be the first Indian state with 100% hi-tech classrooms.
While speaking at a recent event to mark the inauguration of the new academic year on Thursday, Kerala Education Minister Professor C Ravindranath said the state is set to become the first state in India with all its schools raised to hi-tech category.
He also added that already over 4,500 classrooms from Class VIII to XII in 4,752 schools have been transformed into hi-tech.
Hi-tech laboratories will also be set up for the students from Class I to Class 7 in 9,941 schools before Onam.
The brilliant initiative is undertaken by the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education, which is a state-run agency (formerly IT@School), a project under the state General Education Department in a bid to promote IT education in state schools.
“Hi-tech labs would be set up in these schools from July. As a prelude to this, 76,349 teachers in these schools were given specific IT training during the vacation time,” K Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, of KITE told the news agency IANS.
Overall, 20.86 lakh schoolchildren in 9,941 state-run schools will benefit from the initiative. The total estimation is Rs 204.90 crore.
Not just that, all these schools will be equipped with high-speed broadband internet connectivity and the networking of classrooms would also be done by this month.
From this academic year, Kerala has also introduced swimming category in the state education curriculum.
Prof. Ravindranath stressed on the fact that this move was aimed to minimise the deaths caused by drowning. The minister said at least 1 swimming pool will be set up in all 140 assembly constituencies.