The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) teachers and graduates cell president R M Kuberappa has urged the Karnataka government to declare 2020-21 academic year as ‘zero year’ and to not allow online education, keeping in mind the difficulties faced by rural students.
He said, “Many rural areas do not have internet connection, and poor families do not have smart phones. Awareness would be created among teachers also, to ask the government to cancel online classes. The report on online education given by an experts’ committee is an unscientific one, and the government should have taken teachers’ consent.”
A teachers’ delegation on this issue would be taken to the chief minister and primary & secondary education minister, Kuberappa said. He also added that schools should be reopened from next year June.
He also said that nearly 3.75 lakh guest lecturers in Karnataka, who faced hardships even otherwise, are without salary since the lockdown. At least Rs 5,000 compensation per month should be given to each guest lecturer and the age limit for recruitment should be extended by two years. If government fails to meet these demands, a plan to approach teh court is also in place, Kuberappa added.
Source: Deccan HeraldNews, States