Between 40 and 70 percent of school students do not have access to a digital device)
According to a report prepared by the Union Ministry of Education, between 40 and 70 per cent of school going children in seven large states – Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand – do not have access to digital devices. School education sector initiatives in 2020-21 show that some states have really suffered due to the digital divide while some have used it due to adequate availability of smartphones and television sets
The report, made public on Wednesday, has been prepared on the basis of data shared by 22 out of 28 states and seven out of eight union territories. Has claimed to have distributed lakhs of laptops. At the same time, in some states, there is a high share of students without digital access. As in Madhya Pradesh (70%), Bihar (58.09%), Andhra Pradesh (57%), Assam (44.24%), Jharkhand (43.42%). Also in Uttarakhand (41.17%) and in Gujarat it is 40 percent.
Such percentage of students in these states are untouched by digital devices
In the state of Assam, 3,10,6255 students are reported to have no digital devices. According to Unified District Information System for Education data, it has 7,01,5898 students in 65,907 schools. After which the state of Andhra Pradesh surveyed 29.34 lakh out of a total of 81.36 lakh students in May 2021 and found that 2,01,568 students do not have cell phones. 10.22 lakh parents have phones that can only make calls, and 4.57 lakh students have phones without mobile data. Bihar, a state with 2.46 crore students, reported that 1.43 crore children do not have access to digital devices.
On the other hand, a UNICEF survey of 12,000 schools in Gujarat found that 40% of students do not have access to smartphones and the Internet. There are 1.14 crore students in 54,629 schools in the state. Out of 74.89 lakh students in Jharkhand, 32.52 lakh do not have digital access. The state informed the Center that tablets were provided to schools and cluster resource centers in 2018-19. A survey by the education department of 98 lakh out of the state’s 1.57 crore students in Madhya Pradesh found that 70% of them had There is no smartphone. The April 2021 survey states that 53 lakh people have TVs and 57 lakh radio sets. State authorities in Uttarakhand surveyed 5.20 lakh out of 23.39 lakh school children and found that 2.14 lakh have access to online learning No access to digital equipment. It is proposed to distribute more than 35,000 e-books to school students.
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