Bhubaneswar: With education taking a major hit due to COVID-19 and ensuing lockdown, the state government will launch an alternative learning programme for tribal students on Monday.
The programme is meant to benefit about six lakh students belonging to the Scheduled Caste and the Scheduled Tribe communities, according to an OTV report. “The programme will cater to the educational needs of these students from Standard II to X in 1,731 residential schools across the state,” said ST/SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department secretary Ranjana Chopra.
“The e-content that maps to the curriculum of students of class 2 to 10 has been created. This will be provided to the end-users registered in various Whatsapp groups at the school level,” she said.
For students, who do not have access to the internet and smartphones, the “mentor teachers” will reach out to them. Total 4,467 mentor teachers have been mapped with 21,239 tribal villages.
The teachers will create an enabling environment in the villages and mentor these students, she added.