Covid-19 lockdown: Kashmir seeks 4G services for schools to offer e-learning1 min read . Updated: 24 Mar 2020, 11:56 AM IST
- Internet services were suspended after J&K's special status was revoked in August
- J&K has over 15,000 schools and colleges catering to tens of thousands of students
NEW DELHI: Kashmir has sought 4G internet services in the region to allow educational institutes offer e-learning to students amid a seven-month-long lockdown - earlier following the abrogation of Article 370 in August, and now because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“Restore 4G internet services to help student learn from home," an association of private schools in the valley has said in a message.
The association said the ban on high speed 4G internet services has been preventing schools from offering Google classroom teaching to students in the region.
“While private schools show their readiness to shift to online lesson plans, they’re running into limitations of our broadband networks," said G N Var, president of the Kashmir Private School Association.
Var said online classes through apps and software like Zoom and Google Classroom is the only option for the schools till they reopen, adding that high-speed internet facility at home is the only way to help students to learn remotely.
Following the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories, life in Kashmir came to a grinding halt.
Internet was suspended and only 2G services were restored on 25 January. Schools and colleges reopened in February but were again shut down following cases of Covid-19.
The union territory of J&K has over 15,000 schools and colleges catering to tens of thousands of students.